"I found out during school when my coach told me," James Jackson. "I am not going to lie it was big for me. It's a dream come true. I have always wanted to play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game. I saw some of the other guys who went before me have a chance to play in that game and it was a goal of mine. I'm really excited about playing in the game."
Jackson will join fellow Mississippi State commitments Kylin Hill of Columbus, Paul Gainer of Gautier, Aaron Odom of Callaway, Austin Williams of Ocean Springs and Tyler Williams of Lafayette County. The talented defensive tackle is eager to get to know his future teammates in both an athletic and social setting.
"It's going to give us a chance to play together and be teammates for the first time," Jackson said. "It is going to give us a chance to see what it's going to be like in the future. I was talking with Paul (Gainer) earlier and we are all just excited to have this opportunity. We will get a chance to represent our home state together. It's exciting."
Before Jackson straps on the Team Mississippi helmet, he has some business to handle for Pascagoula High School. The Panthers are working hard to find a spot in the Mississippi High School playoffs.
"We're 3-3 right now, but we've been playing better lately," Jackson said. "We had a few setbacks early in the season, but we've started to come together as a team and win some games. We have another big game this week and everybody is working hard to get another win and keep it going."
After Jackson has played hard and laid it all on the line, he will make the trip to Starkville to see his future teammates at Mississippi State take on Auburn. Kickoff is set for 11 AM, so the talented big man will not have a lot of time to rest or recuperate before the game begins.
"I am going up for the game and I am excited about it," Jackson said. "It's tough to get there sometimes for the day games, but I really want to see the game. I really want to get back up there and talk with all of the coaches, players and the other recruits. It should be a good game.
"I am expecting (Mississippi State) to come and play hard and get a win. I am expecting a real hard fought game."
Jackson reports that his commitment to Mississippi State remains firm, but some other college recruiters are still looking to maintain contact with him as the recruiting calendar moves forward.
"I am hearing a lot from Louisville and Southern Miss, but really all of the schools that offered me are still in touch with me," Jackson said. "I am still solid with Mississippi State and I am excited about the future up there. I know some people up there and some of the guys going up there with me and I feel like we are putting together a good class."
Jackson and PHS will take on West Harrison High School this Friday night at home. Winners of three straight, the Panthers are now 2-0 in region play after an 0-3 start to the regular season. Jackson is playing on both side of the football and is doing his best to help his team as a defensive tackle and offensive guard.