Tigers, Tide After GA Defensive End

Defensive end Toby Jackson talks with Inside the Auburn Tigers about his recruitment.

Griffin, Ga.--Scout.com four-star defensive end prospect Toby Jackson is up to 13 scholarship offers with recent additions of LSU, Auburn and Florida to the impressive list which also includes Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

"I really don't have a favorite right now," Jackson explains. "I'm open arms to everybody. I'm just looking for somewhere I can call home--a school that has a good environment and good academic programs.

"I'm also looking forward to being able to get in there and play early. When I was growing up my favorite team was Miami. I get letters and things, but I haven't been offered yet."

Both Auburn and Alabama are heavily after Jackson, and the Crimson Tide was able to get him in for a visit during the spring. He also traveled to Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State.

"Out of all of the visits I've been on Alabama was my favorite one," Jackson says. "They have a really good sports program, their school has a lot of tradition, they have a nice coaching staff and I think Nick Saban bring a lot to the group. They have a really good environment. I was there for their first spring practice.

"I wouldn't say Alabama is my leader," he adds. "Like I said before, I'm just trying to sit, see how many offers I bring in then weigh my options."

Kirby Smart, who played and coached at Georgia, is recruiting the Griffin High prospect for Alabama. For Auburn, defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who also played at Georgia, is recruiting the athletic end.

"Auburn texts me almost every day and we talk and things like that," Jackson notes. "Auburn is a really good program also. I'm going to try to get down to the Auburn camp, Alabama, the Florida State and Florida and hopefully the Georgia camp this summer.

"I usually play in summer league basketball (AAU) but I'm not this summer because I'm going to focus more on football like running and lifting weights to get faster and stronger," he continues. "I'm trying to gain at least a couple more pounds of just muscle. I'm spending a lot more time in the weight room lifting twice a day and running. Right now I'm 6-5, 250. If I could get to a legit 250 with more muscle and get my 40 down to a 4.6 I should be pretty good."

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