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4-Star Guard Aahliyah Jackson loves Mississippi State visit

Northside High School (Fort Smith, AR) class of 2016 4-star guard Aahliyah Jackson recaps her official visit to Mississippi State this past weekend.

Name: Aahliyah Jackson
Classification: 2016
High School: Northside High School, Fort Smith, AR
Position: Guard
HT: 6-foot
HoopGurlz Ranking: 4-Star, No 67th nationally
Colleges of Interest: Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Washington

"I loved it," said Jackson, of her visit to Mississippi State. "I got to spend time with the players and got to know them. I love the coaching staff. They are awesome. They have been recruiting me since my sophomore year. All the coaches recruited me but (Coach Elena) Lovato was the one recruiting me at first and has been recruiting me throughout the entire time. But pretty much all of them have been recruiting me."

Her player-host was Breanna Richardson. She came away very impressed with her.

"Breanna Richardson was my player-host," said Jackson. "I loved getting to know her and bonding with her. She is awesome. She is a person that I would look up to if I do decide to attend Mississippi State."

In addition to spending time with the players, she also was able to spend time with head coach Vic Schaefer during the visit and came away very impressed with him.

"(Coach Schaefer) is a very loving person, a great person,:" said Jackson. "He takes a lot of pride in his relationships. He is awesome. I love him."

Now that she has had the chance to learn more about Mississippi State, it appears they have moved to the top of her recruiting list.

"They are definitely a top 1, top 2 school that I am looking at in making my decision," said Jackson, who has officially visited MSU, Washington, Georgia Tech and Nebraska and has a visit planned with Texas A&M the first weekend of October. "I have cut my list of schools down to Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Washington."

She cut her list down to a manageable three after receiving offers from schools throughout the nation, including schools such as Kansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Washington, Georgia Tech, Houston, Arkansas, TCU, among others.

She takes great pride in the fact that she will have her college education paid for, not just for herself but especially for her parents.

"Getting a free education is very important to me," said Jackson. "It means a lot knowing that my parents won't have to pay for my college education. I take that with a lot of pride and I'm very grateful for it."


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