What led up to you committing?
"I have been talking to (MSU assistant coach) Nick Mingione for almost a year. We had been talking about a visit. I had a baseball tournament in Starkville. So, Coach Mingione and Coach (John) Cohen had a chance to talk to me. After the (tournament) I had the chance to tour the baseball facilities and the campus. Coach Nick talked about an offer but he said they weren't going to offer until me and my family were ready to hear about the offer. We went home and talked about it. I called them Wednesday and told them we had talked it over with my mom and my family and told them we were ready to hear about the offer. They offered and we accepted it."
What was it about Mississippi State that caused you to go ahead and take the offer?
"I have always liked Mississippi State. They have always been high on my list of colleges. And they were actually the first college to show interest in me. I thought that was an honor and took that into account. That put them at the top of my list. Then going up there and touring everything I saw that the campus was beautiful and the coaches were very nice. And I knew that Mississippi State is really big in Starkville. They also have a good reputation for winning and going to (the College World Series in) Omaha. I have also always liked playing in front of a crowd. And they break (attendance) records all of the time. Coach Nick also showed me how the new stadium will look. So I thought it would be a really awesome place to be a part of."
I know you are a very high profile player. What other schools were showing interest in you?
"Vanderbilt, Virginia, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Samford and Oklahoma State."
What is it like knowing where you will be playing college ball and you are just now going into your sophomore year of high school?
"It feels good knowing where I am going to college. Now I just have to focus on getting bigger and stronger."
You are also trying out for the 15U USA National team. Tell me about that.
"I tried out for the 15U USA team when I was 13-years-old. There are five rounds. I made it to the fourth round and went to Cary, North Carolina. They told me that I was young and they wanted me to have that experience so I could see what it would be like, then they said they wanted me to come back next year and try out again. I tried out again and I'm now going to the final trial in Cary, North Carolina August 8th, I think. There will be a total of 40 kids who go there. 12 kids (including Jackson) have already made it. Then, the top 20 kids will make the team. Then, they will go to Mexico where we will play in the Pan-Am Championship."
What are your strengths as a baseball player, offensively and defensively?
"Hitting is probably the best part of my game. I can hit for power, average, on-base percentage. I put the ball in play a lot. I also have a good glove and I have a really good arm. It has gotten a lot better lately because I have been doing a lot of long tossing."
You play travel ball for the Coast Titans travel team, don't you?
"I do. My coaches for travel ball are Paul Tanner and Jerry Ewing. They have helped me a lot. I played for Coach Paul (with the Coast Titans) for three or four years now. And I have been playing for Coach Jerry since I was seven."
How long have you been playing travel ball?
"I have been playing travel ball since I was seven. Coach-Pitch was the first year that I played travel ball. When I first played for the Titans team when I was 12 I went to (the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in) Cooperstown (New York). I got to tour it. It was awesome."
Jackson, who hit .426 with 42 RBI this past season, made the 2015 AL.com Coastal Alabama All-Region first team and the 2A first team All-State team.