"A couple of the MSU coaches come down here every once in a while," Jackson said. "Their receiver coach is coming down here on May 17th to watch some film on me. We had our practices in January so we're just doing some agility stuff for the coaches who come down here to scout us. I think coach (Burton) Burns (for Alabama) has been down here a couple of times. I just have not seen him yet. The linebacker coach for Ole Miss (Tom Allen) and coach (Grant) Heard came down here Thursday, and I actually went up there this weekend. That's about it so far."
How did the trip go to Ole Miss for Scout.com's #60 rated receiver?
"It was my first trip up there since coach (Hugh) Freeze took over. I was amazed at what all he's done since he's been at Ole Miss. I went down there my freshman year when coach Nutt was there, but it's totally different now. I feel like they're about to do some big things up there. They showed me around campus. They showed me how I'd fit into their offense and just made me feel at home. I loved it."
Jackson was accompanied by perhaps Mississippi's top prospect in the 2015 class.
"Javon Patterson came with me. He's been up there a few times lately. He was telling me how nice it is up there and Anthony Alford has been telling me the same things. Me and Jevon are going back up there in a few weeks. We're going to stay with Anthony and just hang out with their players."
What new did Jackson learn about Ole Miss this past weekend?
"I was just excited how they're going to use me. I didn't know if they were going to put me on defense at safety or receiver. They want to put me at the Y position at receiver. I just got a good feel for them, and I think they got a good feel for me. I haven't been up there since my freshman year so I wanted to build a better relationship with those guys. I think we both got to know one another a lot better. That's what stood out to me the most was their coaches. We just got along so well. It's not all about business on the field with those guys. The atmosphere there reminds me of my family. Coach Freeze and I got a chance to spend a lot of time together. He's a really cool coach. He can't wait to get me back up there soon to get to know me even better."
The visit exceeded Jackson's expectations.
"It was just way better. I was expecting to see a beautiful campus like
I saw last time, but I had no idea I was going to mesh with their staff and
players that well. It was everything I was hoping and more, to be honest. I'm
ready to get back up there. I'd have to say that Ole Miss has moved up to
the top of my list with Mississippi State."
The Rebels were the last school to offer.
"They offered me at the end of April. That was my last offer. MSU, USM, and Alabama have also offered me."
What stands out about the Bulldogs to have them in a tie for the lead?
"State has a lot of things going on. I've been to a couple of their games and fell in love with them then. Having been around that atmosphere, it was great. I've never been to an Ole Miss game so I can't wait to compare the two. But they have a lot of new facilities being built up at MSU. I would put their facilities just right behind Alabama and they're pretty much the standard. Alabama has the best facilities in the country. Alabama has a great weight room and MSU's is not far behind. They're pretty similar."
Where does MSU want to play Jackson?
"They like me at slot. They think I would do well at the slot position."
Which position does Jackson believe his skills are best suited?
"I'd think receiver is my best position, but I can challenge some people at cornerback. I just like going up and getting the ball so I want to play receiver in college."
Alabama offered Jackson at defensive back. Is that the reason they are behind MSU and Ole MIss in the pecking order?
"I think it's more about them having depth at receiver. Coach Saban wants me to come over there to his camp and observe which position I'd be better at but he was talking cornerback more than anything else. He's all about business. Ole Miss and MSU separated from Alabama because I just had a feeling about it on my visits to the Mississippi schools, but I have a good relationship with coach Burns as well."
Which other schools are in the picture?
"USM. I think they're headed in the right direction. Coach Munk said he was going to throw the ball a ton, and I went to their spring game and saw them sling it around everywhere. I think they threw it 80% of the time. My mom went to school at Southern. It is a great school. They just don't play in a conference with the talent that they have in the SEC."
Another SEC school is trying to get into the picture.
"Georgia has been showing me a lot of interest lately. I think they're the closest to offering me next. I got invited to their Big Dawg camp. They talked to my mom and told her that I might be getting some good news in the mail. I'm really looking forward to that."
What does Jackson know about the Dawgs?
"I've never been to Georgia. I caught a couple of their big games on television. Like when they played Florida and Alabama. I like how they spread the ball out. That's what I like most about Georgia. I'm going to be really researching their school a lot more coming up. I'm probably going to go up their to their big camp in June. I'm going up to the Ole Miss Elite camp as well."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at email@example.com