"I feel like the camp went great," James Jackson said. "The atmosphere here was great and I got to bond with the coaches."
Jackson has spent some time at offensive guard and at defensive tackle during his high school career. On the next level, the Bulldog coaches have discussed the possibility of playing on the nose in the new 3-4 alignment. As a result of that projection, Jackson took most of his Big Dawg reps with Mississippi State defensive line coach Brian Baker.
"Coach Baker is a good coach," Jackson said. "He's down to Earth. He doesn't just tell you what you want to hear. He is going to tell you what he felt. you should be doing. I feel like he's a great coach. He talks with the players and talks with them. I feel like we can have a great relationship."
The time with Baker appears to have paid some dividends for the talented Jackson. Over the course of the evening's event, Jackson was able to pick up some tricks of the football trade that can make him a better player this season.
"I learned some new moves that will help me with my pass rush," Jackson said. "Coach Baker talked about flipping my hips, being consistent and firing off low."
In addition to spending some time with his future position coach, Jackson was able to make some memories with the players who will someday become his teammates and closest friends. The bonds that are being forged in the pre-season activities that make up the recruiting process appear to be strong ones.
"I have a great relationship with Paul (Gainer) and Austin (Williams), because we are down there on the coast," Jackson explained. "I met Kylin (Hill) today. It's good to get to know the people who are committed here. We are all getting to know each other."
With the July camp sessions over, Jackson is now ready to focus his time, effort and energy towards Pascagoula High School football. The Panthers begin their season on August 19th when they host Moss Point. Expectations are high for Jackson as be begins his senior season.
"I am expecting us to have a pretty good year," Jackson said. "We should have a great team. Everybody is starting to really work together. We've all been working hard in the weight room."
Jackson is one of 20 current verbal commitments for Coach Dan Mullen and the staff at Mississippi State for the 2017 signing class. Thirteen of those pledges are products of Mississippi High School programs.