Brandon Jackson commits to Rebs

Briarcrest in Memphis, TN, was huge for Ole Miss in football recruiting in 2005, producing two recent signees - OL Michael Oher and PK Justin Sparks. It appears that pipeline is continuing as Briarcrest LB Brandon Jackson became the Rebs' third commitment for 2006.

Briarcrest Linebacker Brandon Jackson, a 6-2 1/2, 220-pounder, committed to the Ole Miss Rebels last night.

We talked with Brandon briefly and here's what he had to say:

Did you commit to the Rebels?

"Yes, sir. I told them last night I was coming to Ole Miss. They showed the most interest in me, offered me a scholarship and I accepted it."

Who else was recruiting you?

"LSU, Arkansas, Tenneessee, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech."

Why did you choose Ole Miss, besides the earliest interest angle?

"I like Coach (Ed) Orgeron a lot. He's fired up and is going to build a winning program there. I wanted to be a part of it. Also, I was very impressed with the facilities there. It showed me Ole Miss is serious about football."

Give us your vital stats, please.

"I am 6-2 1/2, 220 pounds. I run in the 4.6s in the 40. I haven't maxed in the weight room in over a year - we do that next Wednesday - but going into spring of my junior year I benched 275. I should be well over 300 this time around. Last season, I had 62 tackles in six games. I hurt my knee against MUS in our sixth game and missed the rest of the year. I had minor surgery and just completed rehab. The knee is fine now."

What position(s) do you play at Briarcrest?

"I play middle linebacker in our 4-3 sets and outside linebacker in the 5-2 sets. I played some defensive end as a sophomore and some linebacker. I also play fullback in our heavy sets when we need some tough yardage. I will probably have to play MLB and FB next year."

What are your strengths and weaknesses in regard to playing on the college level?

"I feel I play gaps really well and am a physical player. I am a good downhill tackler and do well stoppings isolation plays. I also love the hitting part of football, the physical side. My senior year will be my 12th year of football - I love the game and have ever since the first grade in pee-wee football. I will need to do better in my pass drops and coverages and will work on that hard."

What will you study at Ole Miss and how are your grades?

"Aeronautical engineering. I make As and Bs and have a 3.0 grade point average. I haven't taken the ACT yet, but I am in an ACT prep class and made a 22 on the practice test. I'd like to get that to a 25 or so. I will take the real test in June."

Do you play any other sports?

"Yes, sir. I wrestle and was sixth in the state last year as a sophomore. I also throw the shot for the track team and was a leg on our 4 X 200 relay team."

Are you excited about your decision?

"Yes, sir. Now I can focus on my senior year and on getting better, faster and stronger."

Are you and Briarcrest DE Greg Hardy (6-5, 250-pounder) good friends and do you think he will come to Ole Miss too?

"Yes, we are close. I think he will be a Rebel too, but right now he is in basketball and wants to concentrate on that. We'll see, but I hope he commits to Ole Miss too."

Jackson joins WR/DB Terry Levy of Kosciusko, MS, and WR/DB Kendrick Lewis of New Orleans, LA, as the first three commitments of the 2006 recruiting season that began February 3, 2005.

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