"It was a pretty good season," Jackson said. "There were some highs and some lows. I wish we could have gone on longer, but we played hard all the way through."
Scout's No. 38 rated defensive end finished the season with 61 tackles, eight for a loss, six sacks and eight quarterback sacks this year.
"I thought I played pretty good. I didn't really get a chance to play much defensive end. I was playing tackle pretty much the whole time. I had to get use to my technique, but I got the hang of it."
How did the transition go from end to tackle?
"It went pretty good. I still had some fun. I played some nose guard too. I needed to help my team, and I think I did a pretty good job. I just had to get use to getting double and tripled team. It's something I'll have to get use to. That's probably where I'll play in college but maybe I'll stay outside. I have long arms, and I'm able to get separation. Some of the schools are recruiting me to play end and others tackle. I've had one or two talk to me about playing tight end."
Who are the main schools involved?
"Ole Miss, Texas, Southern Cal, and Auburn. I haven't made my decision yet. When I get my ACT score back I'll make a move with my recruitment."
When did things start heating up with Ole Miss?
"I have been talking to them for a long time. I got a chance to go up there last weekend to see them play Auburn. That was my first time up there. They fought the whole game but just couldn't finish. They are learning how to finish kind of like my high school."
What stood out about the visit?
"The coaches are really fun. They are fun to hang around. They crack some jokes and keep it loose. I just have a good relationship with their coaches. Coach's (Maurice) Harris stays in contact with me weekly. He's always checking up on me."
Alex has visited Texas, USC and Auburn as well.
"I went over to Southern Cal this summer on a plane. It was my first time to be on a plane. They have great weather out there. It was a good experience. It's real laid back."
"Coach Brick (Haley) at Texas should be a comedian. He's so funny. I liked it in Austin. It was a good trip as well."
"I grew up an Auburn fan. I basically know everything about them."
There are some other schools involved as well.
"Florida wants to put me at end or tackle. They even said I could play tight end. North Carolina State just wants to get me on their campus. They aren't really talking about a position."
Which schools are waiting on the latest ACT result?
"All of them, really. Some of them want to see my score before I set up my official visit and others don't. Ole Miss, N.C. State, Southern Cal and Texas just want me to come up there on my visit. Auburn is still waiting on my score. I'll know a lot more when I get my test back in."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org