Evaluating players is a never-ending job. Sometimes players have developed their games enough prior to their senior season that coaches pretty much know what they are getting in a player. Then, there are other players who are still developing physically and their game, even as late as their senior season. That's the case with Jackson Davis, who recently reopened his recruitment to find out which school fits him best.
Davis committed to Rice during October and they are still one of the teams that he is interested in but he's also looking at other schools. And that list of schools has grown by leaps and bounds since he reopened his recruitment.
"I have offers from Alabama, Boston College, Butler, Central Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt," said Jackson.
Jackson has been somewhat surprised by all of the attention.
"On one hand, yes, (I have been surprised) but on the other hand I do recognize that I've had a pretty good season," he said. "I knew I would have a couple of schools after me but I didn't realize that I would have this many that would come after me."
Not only has he received numerous offers, but he's had numerous coaches, head coaches and assistant coaches, come watch him play the past couple of weeks.
"(Having coaches at my game) hasn't affected me that much," said Jackson. "Sometimes I notice them before the game but I try not to think about it during the game."
Two of the coaches who have watched him are from Mississippi State. He's had an in-home visit with assistant coach Chris Hollender and has spoken on the phone with head coach Rick Ray. And he's been impressed with what he's seen and heard from Ray.
"Coach Ray, in person, is a really nice guy," said Jackson. "He gave me a lot to think about as far as Mississippi State is concerned, and he definitely got me interested. Coach Ray has also been talking to my parents once or twice a week, checking on me and making sure they keep in contact. And they have done a really good job of that."
Jackson and his parents, now that his season is over, will narrow his list of schools to ones that he is most interested in.
"Now that my season is over, my parents and I are in the process of narrowing the list down and finding schools that are the right choice for me," said Jackson. "Then we'll determine which of those schools that I will take official visits too and which I will visit unofficially. I'm pretty sure that we will have the list narrowed down by the end of this week."
He explained what he is looking for in a college.
"I want to go somewhere where I feel comfortable," he said. "I don't want to be at the school two weeks and want to go home. I want one that will be a good fit for me and one that will ultimately help me be successful in life."
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.