November 25, 2007

Star believes in UA

Perhaps no Alabama commitment has created more excitement among Crimson Tide fans than Lake Worth (Fla.) quarterback Star Jackson who showed he has a bright future as a signal caller after throwing for 1,865 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.

After committing to the Tide in September, Jackson has remained solid in his commitment and has set his plans for an official visit to Tuscaloosa on December 7th, which Jackson says will be his only official visit. The 6-foot-3, 182-pound Rivals250 member said he has followed the Crimson Tide's season closely this year and believes that despite their struggles this season, the program is headed in the right direction.

"It's been hard for me to watch Alabama struggle the last couple of games but I learned a lot about the coaches and players. You learn more after a loss than you do after a win and I needed to see that the coaches are headed in the right direction and they are," Jackson said. "Every team has their ups and downs and going into this season I knew Alabama had some issues to work out and I feel comfortable saying they have the right staff there for the job. It wasn't the season that I hoped we would have but Alabama showed me a lot this year and I made a great decision."

"I stay in touch with the coaches and I know the offense struggled but I liked what they were trying to do and what they will do in the future. They need to get a little more experience with this staff but the Alabama coaches are some of the best in the business. Things will only get better."

Jackson said he has also been closely following the strong recruiting class Nick Saban has put together for the Tide and said he feels excited to be a part of what could be a special group.

"Recruiting is going to be a big part of this program and so far it's a great class. I'm proud to be part of it and I think it's going to be one of the highest ranked in the country at the end. This group is more than just talented, it's guys who can play. These guys have character and they want to be the best. It's going to be a special group," Jackson said. "I stay in touch with as many as I can. B.J. (Scott), Melvin (Ray) and every now and then Julio Jones but he's tough to get in touch with. We have a lot in common and when I talk to any of the commitments they are all very excited about being at Alabama next year."

Meanwhile, Jackson has quietly been raking in the accolades for his impressive senior season including an invitation to the prestigious Army All-American game.

"I will be going to the Army All-American game. My coach told me last week that I had been chosen and it was such an honor. I'm really humbled by everything that has happened to me in the last year," Jackson said. "I'm from a small town and everyone here knows me so it's special that I can get our name out there. I had a good season this year and so did my teammates. A few are going to college because of the attention we received."

"Our season went well. We finished 8-3 which is good for us and although we lost in the playoffs we made it and that was good for our community. My senior year was great. I've been blessed."

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