Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Star Jackson to Georgia State

It has been rumored for a while and I just hoped on my reader and read AJC writer Jeff Schultz blog.The Mobile Press-Register reported earlier today that Jackson will enroll at Georgia State and that he was in Atlanta this past weekend apartment hunting. Because Georgia State is an FCS school, Jackson can come in and be immediately eligible to complete his final three years of eligibility. Last year Jackson saw limited action for Alabama, because of Greg McElroy's emergence, and completed 13 of 18 passes for 116 yards in mop up duty.

Last month I wrote a column about Georgia State and their new football program, which is being headed by Bill Curry. At the time I wrote that Georgia State had 3 2-Star recruits battling it out for the starting QB job in the first year of Georgia State football. Now, they add a 4-Star recruit who rivals had listed as the #5 QB in his class (scout has him as #11 QB). We know that not every guy rated as a 4-Star recruit works out (ain't that right Willie Martinez?) but the thought of Georgia State (a first year FCS school) landing a 4-star QB recruit is a bit exciting. Jackson was #3 on Alabama's spring depth chart so he wasn't exactly tearing up Tuscaloosa. It will be interesting to see what he can do with a fresh start, less weapons, but against a lot weaker competition in the FCS.


J.Martin said...

I was going to do something about this, but I was really busy yesterday. Anyway, I thought this was kind of a weird move for Star. The Alabama job had passed him by, but he's definitely talented enough to play somewhere besides a start-up program. I understand him not wanting to sit out another year to transfer to an FBS program, but there are plenty of FCS schools that would have been happy to have a talent like him, I'd think.

Although this does potentially make the Alabama/Georgia State game this coming season a bit more interesting.

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