Boy, did he ever and Oklahoma State has to be elated to get the 6-4, 235-pound tight end with good speed considering the competition was stiff with Jackson making visits to Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Georgia. He finished the season with 62 receptions for 934 yards and 16 touchdowns. His announcement at the banquet was a little more low key than his performance this season.
"I picked up a hat when I was at Oklahoma State so I just wore it in," said Jackson. "Some of my coaches and my close friends knew. The word had kind of slipped out and everybody kind of clapped for me. It was a team thing and I didn't want to put the attention on me, but a lot of people were excited for me."
Jackson visited Oklahoma State last weekend so he saw the excitement of Bedlam and the Cowboys 44-10 win over Oklahoma, but his decision to go to OSU wasn't based on an emotional win.
"Really, I was just looking for the offense that fit me best and that I felt could push me to the next level and help me be the best player that I could be," Jackson explained. "I was looking to get to a place that I wanted to go."
One fan on Gopokes.com compared Jackson, or said he has been compared, to the Indianapolis Colts tight end Dallas Clark.
"Yes sir, yes sir, that's a good comparison and obviously, he is a great player," said the Gilbert, Ariz. native. "Humbly, I will take that comparison and he catches a lot of balls and that is what I love to do, too."
Now the excitement last weekend didn't hurt.
"Obviously, it was a great time and the atmosphere was something that I would love to take part in," he said.
The Cowboys bowl game is the Fiesta in Arizona and the team will headquarter in Scottsdale, so you'd think he might make a practice or two after signing in the early junior college signing period that starts next week.
"Definitely, definitely, if I can I will be out there," said Jackson. "Whatever the regulations allow me to do."