Petal (Miss.) High School's Jesse Jackson got a double dose of good news Thursday afternoon. First of all, the 2014 receiver prospect collected his first offer and secondly, it came from a school he has talked well of in previous interviews.
The 6-foot-2 and 195-pound Jackson got an offer from Mississippi State and also had MSU head coach Dan Mullen stop by his school Thursday.
"My head coach called me out of class today and told me that Mississippi State had offered," said Jackson, who had 39 catches for 842 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. "Coach Mullen came by the school, too, but I couldn't talk to him because I am still just a junior. But I got real excited when my coach told me the news."
And for his first offer to be from MSU, said Jackson was an "honor".
"It was just so exciting and I really wasn't expecting Coach Mullen to be at our school," said Jackson. "I mean, my heart dropped when I heard he was there. It means a lot for that to be my first offer. They are a high-caliber team and it is an honor to get an offer from them."
Before Thursday, Jackson often noted of his fondness of the Bulldogs' program and obviously that has not changed concerning his latest news.
"The thing that has stuck out to me are the new things they are doing with their stadium and their facilities," said Jackson. "Then I have also met some of their players that are from this area like (MSU sophomore) Jay Hughes and they all seem like good guys."
Jackson took a few unofficial visits to Starkville this past season to catch the Bulldogs in action. He may also return to MSU's campus next month as well but those plans have not been set just yet.
"Ole Miss is also showing me interest but I am not sure who else may be close to offering me," said Jackson. "Mississippi State and Ole Miss have both invited me to their junior days and both are on Feb. 2nd. I haven't made up my mind yet which one I am going to and I just have to wait and see."
Which is also the approach Jackson plans to take with his recruitment. There is little doubt of his feelings about the Bulldogs but he also noted today's news still has him "spinning" a bit.
"I am kinda just taking my time," Jackson said. "I still have a year left in high school so I have time to look at everything. I haven't even started to the point where I even know what to look for in a school. Things just happened so fast today and it is still spinning in my head. But it sure was a great day today."