"A lot of schools are recruiting him," Crisp County football coach, Clay Hill said of Jamaal Jackson. "Auburn, Florida, East Carolina, Clemson, and Kentucky. Joker Phillips was down here in the spring to see Jamaal and he's been in touch with him ever since."
A recent invitee to the North/South All-Star game, Crisp County hopes the game will give Jackson more publicity; "Being selected to that all-star game was huge for him," Hill said. "It used to be, the Georgia-Florida All-Star game, but we went back to an in-state game this year. It's the North versus the South. The top 35 below Atlanta, take on the top 35 above Atlanta."
Hill says that although college coaches are not allowed to attend, they will all receive a tape via mail following its conclusion.
Asked why Jamaal hadn't received more attention: "I would say there are really two reasons why Jamaal hasn't gotten the attention. First, he's only played football for two years, so that means he's still got to learn the game. Second, he's very marginal in his grades. He got the test score (830 SAT, first try), but he has got to get his grades up."
With the talent level, Jackson has, the Wildcats might afford to take a risk on his future and sign him anyway.
Update: The Wildcats have officially signed Jamaal Jackson as of this morning (10 AM)