As a freshman, Jackson played in 10 games for the national champion East Mississippi Community College football team. He recorded 32 tackles, including 18 solo tackles, 4 sacks, 2 tackles for loss and 5 quarterback hurries during his initial campaign. Expected to be one of the starters on the defensive line this season, Jackson talks about what he will bring to the Lions' defensive line this coming season.
"I'm explosive off the ball and I love to stop the run," said the 6-4, 300-pounder. "I'm still working on my speed."
Playing on the 2011 national championship team was special, especially considering it was his freshman season.
"It means a lot to me (to win a national championship)," said Jackson. "Last year was my first year here and we won the national championship."
He and his teammates want to win another national title in 2012 but Jackson realizes it won't be an easy goal to achieve.
"We have to work harder because we have a target on our back," said Jackson. "We have to go out there and bust our butts, do everything full-speed all the time."
Working hard has been something that Jackson has done on the football field his entire life. Add that work ethic to his immense talent and you have the type player that four-year schools would love to have. Jackson already has a couple of scholarship offers as well as interest from other colleges.
"Mississippi State, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Tennessee are showing interest in me," said Jackson. "Mississippi State and Kentucky have offered."
While he likes all the schools that have expressed interest in him, there is one school that he likes above all the others, although at this point in time they haven't shown any interest in him.
"I'm leaning toward Florida," said Jackson, who hopes to hear from the Gators sometime in the near future.
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