Star Jackson Talks In-Depth of Commitment

Star Jackson, four-star quarterback from Lake Worth, (Fla.), talked with Scout.com about giving his verbal pledge to the University of Alabama.


"I decided on Alabama after I came back from my visit in July," Star Jackson said. "I told the coaches on the last day I was up there that I wanted to come to Alabama."

"When I went up to West Virginia this past weekend I got a little confused. West Virginia is a great school with great coaches. I had to really sit down and think about my decision."

Jackson spoke with Alabama's offensive coordinator, Major Applewhite, after returning home from Morgantown.

"I talked to coach Applewhite yesterday. I told him I was still coming. He said that's great news and be ready to bring your mind up here," Jackson said.

"I mainly talked to coach Applewhite throughout the whole recruiting process. We have a very good relationship. It's buddy-buddy off the field, but when it's time for football he is the coach. He knows what he wants from him players. He wants you to do the little things correct. He is a great coach. He is very energetic and involved."

"I have a good relationship with coach [Nick] Saban as well. I haven't been able to talk to him like I have wanted to. He is a person who is straight forward and knows what he wants. He knows what it takes to make a team great like he did at LSU."

"I just really loved the coaching staff and the people I would be around 24/7. Alabama football speaks for itself. The facilities are top of the line. It's Alabama football. You can't get any better than that."

When asked to describe his style of play Jackson said, "You have to let the offense fit into you. I know I can't be the person who drops back and throws play action passes all night long. I am a quarterback who is also an athlete not the other way around. It's good to do things that people don't expect from you each week."

"A quarterback is never at the top of his game. Peyton Manning is the greatest quarterback in the NFL. He continues to work on the small things. I need to continue to work on my progression. I need to get the extra seven yards for a first down or standing in the pocket to make a better pass. I need to take my game where I can stand in the pocket the entire game, and then the next game rush for over 200 yards."

Jackson has high expectations of his recruiting class and is staying in close contact with one of his future targets.

"It's a good class," he said. "By the end of the year we should have the No.1 one class in the country. I know we are going to get some other great players. I am going to start calling recruits for sure on my own."

"I have talked to B.J. [Burton Scott] regularly. He is a real cool guy. He is one of the best you can get in the entire country. He and Julio [Jones]. You won't find anyone like either one of them. It's comfortable for me to know I will have a chance to play with both in college. B.J. is committed and hopefully Julio will come along."

Jackson plans to take an official visit to Alabama the weekend of the Georgia game and is uncertain of any other visits.

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