The 6-2, 265 lineman also considered Ole Miss, Arkansas, North Carolina State, Toledo and several other schools before choosing the Tigers. His respect for new Auburn assistant Tracy Rocker was one of the big reasons for his decision to attend Auburn.
"I am going to be a Tiger," Jackson says. "I really am excited about playing for Coach Rocker. That is a big reason I am going to Auburn. We have had a real good relationship for a long time.
"I also really like the rich tradition of Auburn football," he adds. "Auburn is known for its physical and aggressive defenses and I am excited about being a part of the program."
As a senior Jackson was named All-State and All-Region for a Red Elephant defense that allowed just 12 points per game in 2008. He finished his senior season with 99 tackles and 16 sacks while playing the defensive end position, but projects as an inside guy for the Tigers.
"I think I will play tackle for Auburn, but I could play some end, too," notes Jackson, who says he was a four-year starter in high school who had more than a dozen scholarship offers.
Jackson took part in the North-South All-Star game in Georgia early in January and is also scheduled to play in the Down Under All-Star game in Australia.
As a junior for Gainesville High, Jackson made 85 tackles with five sacks.
He has not taken an official visit to Auburn, which just recently began recruiting him again. The previous staff under Tommy Tuberville had looked at Jackson as a potential offensive lineman or defensive end, but did not offer him a scholarship.