Mississippi State Bulldogs Facing SEC Competition for Jesse Jackson

By Patrick Schmidt
Mississippi State Bulldogs
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Jesse Jackson (Petal, Miss. Petal) is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver with a terrific blend of size and speed and is the most underrated prospect in the Magnolia State. Jackson named Mississippi State his leader after an Apr. 6 visit and recently camped in Starkville earlier this month, and you can expect his recruitment to pick up with rival SEC schools taking notice.

Jackson is a four-star prospect and the No. 36 wide receiver nationally and the number-six recruit in Mississippi, according to the 247Sports composite rankings, but that ranking doesn’t do him justice. Auburn, Missouri, Alabama and Ole Miss have offered with Arkansas looking as if they could be the next program to offer the physical wide receiver.

The caliber of offers he has goes to show you the class of receiver Jackson is and if Mississippi State can maintain their lead will get the receiver I believe is the best in the state. Other in-state wide receivers Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss. Purvis) and Jamoral Graham (Decatur, Miss. Newton County) are talented in their own right and have committed to Florida State and Mississippi State, respectively, but I believe Jackson has the total package.

This could become quite the interesting in-state battle between Dan Mullen and Hugh Freeze for Jackson between Mississippi State and Ole Miss where he would be a fine fit at either program. Jackson is a must for Mullen and has to hold off the advances of the Rebels who would love to pair him with Laquon Treadwell.

If I had to make a prediction today, I think Jackson commits to Mississippi State, but Jackson is not making a decision today and Ole Miss will make this very interesting as they did with Chris Jones last winter.

Jackson had 39 receptions for 842 yards and 11 touchdowns for the 12-2 Panthers who advanced to the 6A semifinals.

Patrick’s a college football writer for Rant Sports and radio host on Sportstownchicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your Google network.


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