Michael Jackson has competed all over the South, at combines, 7-on-7 tournaments as well as at various camps, and it all was seemingly worth it with the news he received last week.
"Got my first offer!" he told Scout. "It was Troy. It happened on Friday, my head coach told me about it.
"I haven't talked to Troy yet and I don't know much about the program."
The in-state school will be researched by the Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park cornerback, now over the 190-pound mark with a long 6-foot-1 frame. The extension put him at ease a bit now that he has an offer on the board, but it doesn't change his current focus.
"I'm focusing on my grades right now," Jackson said. "I just want them as high as possible."
Reporting nothing wrong with his Core GPA or test score, the junior cornerback talent is waiting until the summer camp scene to make more visits to college campuses. He'll play some 7-on-7 ball in the meantime, with the Southern Xpress team that features SEC prospects Maurice Smitherman, Keith Mixon and several others from the state, beginning next month. After that, he wouldn't be surprised to see a school that has offered each of his teammates to do the same for him next on his now-growing list.
"Mississippi State, " Jackson said. "I got an invite to their spring game and I went to their junior day. It was great. We walked around the football locker room, the weight room and the training room.
"The coaches talked to me, too, they like that I'm physical."
While an offer wasn't extended, one of Alabama's top secondary prospects admits that it was discussed. Unsure of when it could come, Jackson admits that it would mean plenty for both parties.
"It would mean a lot," he said. "It's close to home, I love the coaches and it's in the SEC."
Check out Jackson in action as a junior HERE.