It took less than five days from offer to commitment for defensive back Jerrell Jackson to say "yes" to San Diego State. Jackson is a 6'1" 170 pound defensive back prospect from Haynesville, La. Oddly enough Jackson has never been to California but he will be in "America's Finest City" at SDSU for the fall semester.
The Aztecs can thank defensive back coach and recruiting coordinator Tony White, whois one of the nations top recruiters, for landing Jackson as he stayed in touch with Jackson while providing a lot of helpful information about the city and school, and Jackson "fell in love with it." Jackson has his family's support and his parent's plan on attending as many Aztec games as they can.
Once again, the Aztecs were able to open up their Southeastern pipeline and get a pledge from a player who ranks No. 67 in Louisiana, and most of his counterparts in the area considering SEC schools. Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Georgia State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe and others were recruiting the high school senior who became the Aztecs ninth commitment on Tuesday night.
Jackson describes himself as a type of guy who gives 110 percent no matter what position he played. He played many in high school; quarterback, safety, receiver and returner, plus even punted the ball a few times. He was All-State on both offense and defense, and Rivals has him as as two-star rating.
Rocky Long's 3-3-5 defenses was a big lure for Jackson, whose constant blitzes places a constant pressure and challenge on the defensive backs. Jackson's speed, athleticism and length will be the key to his success and will most likely play cornerback, but could see some time at safety for the red and black.
Jackson describes himself as a "country boy" and will visit the beaches of San Diego over the summer and make his official visit in December.
Jackson spoke with Aztecs Sports Report shortly after he committed, and said that he is with no doubt going to sign with San Diego State in February:
I'm going to sign with San Diego State. I've been hearing from a lot of coaches for a long time and they never offered me and kept asking questions. Coach White sees something in me and I see something in him. We have a good connection. I also want to let the people in Louisiana that didn't offer me know that I can go somewhere else and prove them wrong.
I'm going to look them [other schools] in the eye or if we're on the phone I'm going to tell them that I made my decision. I think it's kind of messed up that they are going to feed off another team and try to offer me later because of it.
Here are highlights from Jackson's junior season: