Even as teams prepare for the start of fall camp, the in-state recruiting battle for the 2019 cycle continues, as Ole Miss has flipped a 4-star WR commit from Mississippi State.
Out of Sumrall High School, Dannis Jackson had committed to the Bulldogs back in June, but posted on Twitter last night to confirm his change of heart.
— JET JACKSON⚡ (@DannisjJackson) July 31, 2018
Ahead of his senior season at Sumrall, Jackson already has totaled nearly 2,300 receiving yards while hauling in 28 touchdowns.
At 6’1 and 180 pounds, Jackson presents a speedy option for the Rebels whether he lines up on the outside or in the slot. According to 24/7 Sports, Jackson held offers from Auburn, Florida, Texas, Oregon and others. With five months remaining before early signing day in December, Matt Luke and the Rebels have already compiled 25 commitments for their 2019 class.
With the potential departure of A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf after the upcoming season, the Rebel receiving core has begun to reload. Jackson will make a solid addition to the group coming in behind 2018 commits such as Elijah Moore, Miles Battle and Demarcus Gregory. Jackson and the other new receivers will aim to develop chemistry with Matt Corral, who was highly regarded as a top QB in the 2018 class.
The Sumrall native becomes the third WR in the Rebels’ 2019 class along with JaVonta Payton out of Northwest CC and Jordan Jernigan out of Tupelo.
The Rebels class currently ranks 5th in the SEC and 13th nationally according to 24/7 Sports. After the 2018 season, the bowl ban discussion will be over, and that seems to have helped the Rebels move out from under the dark cloud when it comes to recruiting. At SEC Media Days, head coach Matt Luke discussed how the program has begun to move forward following the NCAA’s time in Oxford.
“I think the thing that was really good is I think sometimes the fear of the unknown is the biggest issue,” Luke said. “Once all the actions were delivered and everybody knows what you’re dealing with, you can then move forward. I think you’re seeing that on the recruiting trail.”
For Mississippi State, while they lose Jackson, their 2019 class remains strong, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs hold commitments from six 4-star players, including four defensive ends and a safety. The Bulldogs offensive 4-star commit is pro-style QB Garrett Sharder from Charlotte, NC.
The Bulldogs class currently ranks 19th nationally and 9th in the SEC.