September 23, 2007

Jackson impressed with Tide effort

Lake Worth (Fla.) quarterback Star Jackson gave the Crimson Tide a top signal caller to go along with an impressive group of offensive playmakers when he recently committed to Alabama. Jackson, a member of the Rivals250, planned on visiting UA for this weekend's big game against Georgia but due to a scheduling conflict wasn't able to make it.

"I was planning on coming down but we have a Thursday game next week so we had a 6 AM Saturday morning practice and afterward I was too beat. We just couldn't make it and I'm disappointed I didn't make it but I'm going for the Houston game and either LSU or Tennessee plus my official visit," Jackson said. "I did see it on TV and I thought the guys played well. They have a lot of pride and they fought a very good Georgia team to the end. John Parker is a good quarterback. That defense was tough and I know that a quarterback can't make every throw perfect especially when he's getting pressured. He did a great job leading them back."

Jackson, 6-foot-3, 182-pounds, said he was impressed with what he saw out of the Crimson Tide coaching staff during the Georgia game.

"The gameplan was good. I liked it. Georgia has a great defense and DJ Hall made some nice plays and so did the running backs. I thought it was a balanced attack. Last week they played Arkansas who is good and next week its FSU. They are a young team and will get better every game."

As the nation's No. 2 dual-threat quarterback, Jackson continues to be recruited by programs from around the country but for the time being remains firmly committed to play for the Tide.

"I'm not sure on other visits. It depends on my high school season but I would say no right now. I will probably just go to Alabama but that could change. I might want to enjoy recruiting a little bit but I'm 100% committed to Alabama. That's where I'm going," Jackson said. "I talk to Coach (Major) Applewhite before and after each game. He goes over the gameplan and lays out what they are trying to do and where they need to improve. We've become very close."

While he continues to monitor his future team, Jackson and his Lake Worth High School team are off to a strong start and are optimistic about the prospects for a big season.

"We are 3-1 right now and I feel that we are getting better and more comfortable every week. It's been a good year so far and I feel like I'm more composed every week and understand the offense better," Jackson said. "Early on we had some problems but now we are leading South Florida in offense. Friday night I was 17 of 23 for 284 yards and three touchdowns. I also ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns."

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