Other athletes in my family: Charles Jackson (father
who played for MS Valley State), DD Jackson (cousin who played for La Tech), Alonzo
Brown (brother who plays for MS Valley State)
#19 Ranked Player in Mississippi
Name: Gabriel Jackson
School: Amite County
City: Liberty, MS
Vitals: 6' 4", 295, 5.2 (390 bench) (515 squat)
Date of Birth: July 12, 1991
Projected Position: S
2007 Football Season: Team MVP for Defense and Offense. All-State (3A)
Why Top 40 in Football: "I put God first and dedicate myself to what ever he wants me to do. I work hard and try to be the best I can be. I am also very cacheable and take a lot of advise that is given to me. My footwork is pretty good for a big man too."
"Well, first of all, there are not many 6' 4", 295 pound kids who can run a 5.1 forty and be that aggressive on the field," added Coach Jackson. "Gabriel is just physically blessed, and he can play anywhere on the field. Offense/defense, he can play anywhere. He is just a good strong aggressive athlete."
Colleges interested in Jackson: LSU, MSU, Ole Miss, USM, and Alabama
Scouts at Spring practice: LSU, MSU, USM, and Ole Miss
Phone Calls: USM and MSU "and I call LSU all of the time"
Scholarship offers: LSU, MSU, and USM
Closest to offering: "Ole Miss, their old staff offered me, and I got a chance to speak with their new staff and they seem real interested in me. They said that their head coach wants to see me play at their camp up close."
Gabriel's top school: LSU leads Miami, MSU, and Ole Miss
LSU: "I like their academic program for their student athletes. They have a nice campus and they spend a lot of money on their tutors for their athletes. When ever I am on their campus; it feels like home."
Miami: "I have been talking to them a lot lately. I have been thinking about Miami a lot lately. I would like to go check out their school, but it is too far and too expensive to get there."
Ole Miss: "I am real tight with them too. They are right there with Mississippi State."
MSU: "They came to one of my practices and talked to me. They were nice."
Jr Days/Spring games: None
Summer Camps: LSU, MSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, and USM
Tell us something nobody else knows: "I am a quiet and respectful guy. I do not deal with too many people who talk a lot. I am an easy going guy."
Nickname - Big Gabe
Best Player faced: RB Clinton
If not Gabriel Jackson, who'll be Mr. Football for 2008: Kendrick Hardy
Game I'm most anticipating: 1st game on the schedule
Favorite college team growing up: Miami
Favorite college football player: Glenn Dorsey
Favorite pro football player: Jake Long
Favorite Pro Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite Food: Chicken
Favorite Movie: Friday
In my CD Player: Marvin Capp
Pre-game hype song: Gospel or County
Biggest Influences: Father
Biggest Fan: Mom
Biggest Fear: Father
2nd Best Sport: Basketball
Favorite Video Game: Maddon '08
Person I most look alike: Father
First thing if I sign pro contract: Help the poor
Dream date: Beyunce
Grades: 2.9 GPA / 15 ACT
We added one player who transferred to Mississippi, Aubrey Phillips, after the list already came out. Therefore, we have 41 players now listed and put in a tie at number 28.
To get a complete list of players who have been selected to the team so far, click here.