James Jackson was joined on campus by fellow high schoolers Keytaon Thompson and Tyler Williams. The talented trio all graduated a full semester early and will look to enroll for the spring semester at Mississippi State. While East Mississippi offensive lineman Tyre Phillips was able to run with the 'Dogs on Friday and Saturday, the early enrollment prepsters had just the Saturday session.
"It was a great experience," Jackson said. "I was a little nervous out there too. I got to work with the scout team and go through the drills. It was fun to be out there. I got to hang with some of the players and just kind of get an idea of what it's going to be like."
The full day on campus provided Jackson with some insight into the Mississippi State program that he did not have before. In addition to learning more about Bulldog defensive line boss, Brian Baker, Jackson learned about the commitment required to play in the Southeastern Conference,
"I liked working with Coach Baker. He really seems like a good coach," Jackson said. "I got to see that there is a real step up from high school. Playing college football is a lot like a job. There is a lot that you have to do besides just go to practice. I know I am going to have to manage my time, but I will get used to it. I am excited about it."
The Bulldogs will take the field on Monday morning for the final game of the 2016 State season. Jackson plans to turn in and spend some time watching the game with more than a passing interest. The three star standout will pay special attention to how the Mississippi State interior defensive lineman play.
"I am going to be watching to see how they do," Jackson said. "They are talking about me playing nose guard and that's fine with me. I am going to watching to see the things they're doing, so that I can have an idea of what to expect when I get up there."
With his financial aid agreement signed and his enrollment pending, Jackson is relieved to have the recruiting process behind him. The personable big man has some words of wisdom for the prospects of Mississippi who will soon be following in his footsteps on to the college level.
"You have to really get to know all of the coaches and schools well," Jackson said. "There is always going to be someone trying to tell you that you shouldn't go here because of this or you should go to this school, because of that, You just have to follow your heart and find the place that you feel the best about it."
Jackson was a twoway player at Pascagoula High School for Coach Lewis Sims. As a two year starter, Jackson played both offensive guard and defensive tackle for the Panthers. Following his senior season, Jackson played in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game.