December 10, 2007

Jackson enjoys Capstone visit

Lake Worth (Fla.) quarterback Star Jackson has been one of the cornerstones of Nick Saban's 2008 recruiting class since committing back in early September. This weekend the 6-foot-3, 182-pound pro-style signal caller took his official visit to Alabama.

"I flew in Friday by myself and then the first thing I did was go to dinner and get settled in. Everyone was at the dinner and it had a nice family feel about it. I knew most of the recruits that were there. We had a great time catching up," Jackson said. "Later that night I went out with a bunch of players. I don't know who my host was but I was hanging with everyone basically. A group of us went to a player's house and we played Madden. There wasn't anything special about what we did but it was great. It was just me hanging out with some friends like I do back at home.

"When I'm at Alabama it always feels like I'm already there and part of the team. It's just one big group of us who like to hang out and get along. The players treat the recruits like we are already on the team. I'm very comfortable there and I knew all the other recruits were as well."

Jackson took the chance to learn more about the academic side of UA on Saturday.

"We met the academic leader who had a conference and talked to us and then we broke off and met with the leaders of our major. I'm majoring in business or maybe physical therapy and I learned a lot. I know that the education at Alabama is top notch and that when I leave there I will have a great degree and connections to make it if football doesn't work out," Jackson said. "That night we went to the stadium and it was great. I had a chance to put on a uniform and hang out in the locker room. I've been in the locker room before but this time it wasn't as a fan but with me being part of the team. I realized that the next time I would come out of that tunnel I would be wearing No. 2 and wearing that crimson jersey. It was unreal."

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Major Applewhite sat down with Jackson to discuss the quarterback's future with the Crimson Tide.

"Coach Applewhite had told me get ready for business. That it's time I move on from being a high school prospect to a college player. He said that next year things were going to get serious and it will help me a lot if I started preparing now," Jackson said. "Coach Saban told me basically the same thing. He told me to get mentally prepared for the 4th quarter program so that when I come in I will have a chance to be successful."

Jackson said that while he is looking forward to playing for the Tide, he hopes senior quarterback John Parker Wilson will be able to go out with a successful season while Jackson continues to develop and learn under him.

"Ideally next year I want John Parker to have a great year and lead us to a bowl game. He's a great guy and I want him to go out on top. He's been good to me and I'll be pulling for him. If that happens I will be glad to redshirt and learn the system. That would probably be the best thing," Jackson said. "But I'm coming in ready to play just in case I'm needed. The coaches have told me to expect it either way and I'll be prepared for both. I just want us to have a great season next year and really get the ball rolling."

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