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Tide impresses Mobile athlete

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It was an eventful week for three-star Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul's wide receiver/defensive back Chevis Jackson.
In addition to fielding recruiting calls from the likes of Alabama, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, Marshall, Louisville and Middle Tennessee, he also got to take in his first game at one of his favorite schools.
"I went to the Alabama-Oklahoma game," Jackson said. "It was a great atmosphere, a great game. The crowd was really impressive. I couldn't believe how loud it was. That would be fun place to play."
Jackson (6-1, 180, 4.45) has been linked high to the Crimson Tide throughout the early portion of the recruiting process. His parents are big Alabama fans, and would like to see him line up for the home state school next season.
Some of the other schools, however -- namely LSU -- would like to spoil those plans.
Jackson camped with the Tigers and says he'll likely make an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge for their game against Georgia.
"I'm looking forward to that one," he said. "It should be great game, and they have a real cool atmosphere down there."
South Carolina, Louisville and Tennessee round out his current top five. All but the Volunteers have offered scholarships.
"I'm pretty open between those five schools right now," he said. "I'm not really close to making a decision or anything."
St. Paul's has opened the season with a pair wins. Jackson had only one catch in the opener for 20 yards -- "They were double-teaming me the whole game" -- but still managed to record six tackles and a forced fumble on the defensive side of the ball.
He was much happier with his overall performance in week two as he caught five passes for 104 yards, recorded six tackles and picked off a pass.
As a junior, Jackson had 45 receptions for 850 yards and nine touchdowns on offense while adding two interceptions on defense.
He maintains a 2.4 GPA and has scored a 19 on the ACT.
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