6-3, 205, QB
Lake Worth (Lake Worth, Fla.)
Scout.com four-star recruit
Why Alabama?: "Alabama felt like home to me."
On Coach Nick Saban as a recruiter: "Coach Saban is a very humble guy. He wants to win national championships at Alabama. That is what he is all about."
Seth Groveman, Athletic Director: "I've never seen a kid make such a vast improvement from certainly two years to this year, but from one year to the next as well."
"He was a good player last year, but he became a superstar. He certainly is a true leader on the field and off the field. He has been a major, major part of this program. I think he is going to be a great player at the next level."
"He definitely is a guy that leads by example, but he's also a vocal leader. He's always encouraging teammates and re-directing teammates. You know in high school I always said watching the games he was much more advanced than the talent around him, but he never got down on people if they would drop passes."
"He was always encouraging, not yelling and like I said he's a quarterback not just in talents but mentally. He thinks like a quarterback."
"Once he saw that he was more talented than anyone in the area he realized that ‘Hey I have to step up and be a leader not just from my play, but people look up to me and I've got to fill the role'. I think once he started getting some confidence it was easy for him."
"I think he's handled it well [success and recognition]. I think it's been a little overwhelming. I would imagine being a 17-18 year old kid and having people calling all the time and wanting interviews. It's overwhelming, but our football coach [Errick Lowe] has really been a tremendous mentor to him. He's kind of stayed grounded, as grounded as he can at this point."
"From what I've heard, and I've never actually heard this from Star, but from talking to our coach and other people is that he had a real connection with Coach [Major] Applewhite of all the people that he had met."
"We had so many colleges come down here he felt that he was the most genuine and cared for him, not just as a recruit but as a person. I think that relationship made Alabama the top choice."
"That's something that I haven't spoken with Star about since that [coach Major Applewhite leaving], but I think he spoke with coach [Nick] Saban. After that, he felt like there were enough things about the school at that point that he did like."
"The door had been opened by coach Applewhite, but that wasn't the sole reason. I think when he went out there he loved it, but I do think that if it hadn't been for coach Applewhite it might not have gotten to that point. But once he went out there the ball started rolling and even with him leaving he still had fallen in love with the atmosphere."
"You know I've heard people talking [coach Nick Saban unpopular in south Florida], and this and that, but one thing about Star, he's a pretty strong-willed kid."
"I don't think he worries too much about what other people think as long as he thinks it's the right decision for him. I know coach Saban, the few times that he's come down here, he's been very nice and genuine as well as all the other coaches. Whatever he had with the Dolphins that was their deal."
Bio: As a senior, Jackson completed 97-of-180 passes for 1,677 yards during
the regular season. He threw 13 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. Jackson was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl All-Star game in San Antonio in January 2008, and was the Palm Beach Post's Offensive Player of the Year. Atlanta Journal Constitution Super Southern 100 (one of only three quarterbacks selected), Press Register Super Southeast 120.
As a junior, Jackson passed for over 1,900 yards with 19 touchdowns and rushed for over 750 yards. He was named All-County for his performance.
Analysis: Jackson has a great feel for the game. He is very good at sensing the rush and adjusts quickly to either bail or use his quick release to get rid of the ball. Jackson is very good at locating open receivers on the run outside the pocket and has great touch on the ball inside 25 yards. Jackson stands tall in the pocket and reads quickly.
ScoutSouth.com's Rebecca Johnston contributed to this report.
"He became a SuperStar."
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