Big Cat Visitor Says Yes to Auburn Offer

The Auburn football team has picked up another verbal commitment.

Auburn picked up its 10th verbal commitment for the 2013 signee class when Lovejoy, Ga., High School tight end A.J. Jackson committed to the Tigers during AU's fourth annual Big Cat Weekend for football prospects.

Jackson, who is 6-5 1/2, 240 pounds, confirmed his commitment via text message on Saturday.

Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 12 tight end prospect in the country by Scout.com, he is the first attendee at this year's Big Cat Weekend to announce for the Tigers. In past years the Tigers have had good luck with prospects who attended the event committing to Coach Gene Chizik's team.

A.J. Jackson

Jackson said he feels good about his decision because of Auburn's combination of athletics and academics. He noted that he is done with recruiting except for helping the Tigers try to land more prospects.

"It's a good feeling," he said about his decision to choose the Tigers. "I can say War Eagle now."

He noted that his mother, stepfather and grandmother all made the trip with him to Big Cat Weekend and they are all pleased with his decision to commit to the Tigers. "They love it at Auburn," he said.

From talking to the Auburn coaches, he said they told him the plan is for the Tigers to throw the football more to the tight end under new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler than they did last year under Gus Malzahn. He noted that the coaches told him they made him a high priority recruit because they like his ability to catch the football as well as block.

"They also said you are a good leader on the field and off the field and guys want to be around you," Jackson added.

The prospect said that he will likely return to Auburn this summer to participate in a football camp.

Jackson chose AU over offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Georgia Tech, North Carolina State,Clemson, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Virginia, Purdue and other colleges.

A multi-sport athlete at Lovejoy High, he played both ways as a junior in football, but projects as an offensive player in college. He helped Lovejoy advance to the state championship game in December.

Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons noted back in 2010 that Jackson would be a prospect to watch for the 2013 signee class after a good performance at the Scout Showcase combine. Commenting on Jackson, Simmons said the tight end is "very fluid and athletic with soft hands."

Commenting on his attributes, Jackson said, "I think my best position is probably tight end. I'm a very good blocker, and I have the skills of a receiver. I run great routes. I have very long arms and that helps me with my blocking. I think tight end is what I'll play in college."


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