Lake Worth, Fla.--It was a camp performance that "changes everything" for Star Jackson, a quarterback prospect who came to Auburn's one-day camp with 18 college offers.
"It's 19 now," Jackson explains. "I got an offer from Auburn. Coach (Eddie) Gran offered me. I almost fell, man. That changes everything. My whole top five is altered from that. I had 'Bama, West Virginia, UCF, USF, Florida and Florida State up there. Now it's a lot different. I don't really have an order, but Auburn's in there. I'll put it like that."
Jackson says he ran a 4.45 40-yard dash on what's normally a slower surface on the artificial turf at the Auburn practice fields. Working with offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Al Borges, Jackson also had a strong enough performance throwing the ball to get an offer.
"I just appreciate getting praise from somebody like him (Borges) who has been coaching 20-something years," Jackson says. "It's a real honor.
"Everything was on the money today, but we had some good receivers out here so it kind of helped," he adds. "It was pretty fun to get out and compete. I'm from Florida so I'm not from here. To get up here and see an Alabama town is good.
"We watched a film on Joe Montana and Borges showed us little kinks and stuff like in the five-step drop that will help you out and to get the ball out quicker--things like that. It was good and he's a really good coach."
Star Jackson throws a pass while Coach Tommy Tuberville and Borges look on.
At 6-3 and 185 pounds, Jackson has the size and obviously the athleticism to garner four-star status by Scout.com. However, he says it's the mental aspect of the game that sets him apart.
"For me," Jackson says, "it's my reactions to everything. Football is such a sport of reacting. It's not going to always be how it's drawn up on the board, so my reactions and being able to put the ball in the spots where the defenders can't get them (are my strengths)."
Jackson, an up and coming senior at Lake Worth High School, has only played football for three years.
"I was running track and playing basketball," he notes. "That's it. In football there aren't many youth football teams so I didn't really play that much. I wasn't really into it and my head coach came and scooped me up. I still run track and play basketball, but this is number one."
Jackson adds that he plans on visiting Auburn again in the fall for the Iron Bowl on Nov. 24.