us some background information on yourself.
"I have been a coach on
and off for the last 30 years. I was the (head) coach until '98, and then I laid
off until three years ago, and now I am going on my 4th year as the head coach,"
added Charles Jackson.
What is it like to be the head coach while also
coaching your son, OL/DL Gabriel Jackson?
"It puts me in a good position.
That is why I went back into coaching so I could coach him in high school. I came
back his 7th grade year and it has been a blessing to coach Gabriel. I saw the
great potential he had back in 7th grade, and I wanted to give him the best coaching
he could get so I decided to get back into coaching."
What makes Garbiel
"Well, first of all, there are not many 6' 4", 295
pound kids who can run a 5.1 forty and be that aggressive on the field. He got
his talent from me. I was not a bad one either (laughing). But really, he has
more talent in his little pinkie than I had in my whole body. Gabriel is just
physically blessed, and he can play anywhere on the field. Offense/defense, he
can play anywhere. He is just a good strong aggressive athlete."
saw on tape where your son played some linebacker for you last year?
did. Gabriel is just so quick. He can go sideline to sideline. He just has that
speed. We had him timed in some drills and he was quicker than some of my defensive
backs. He does not have that real low 40 time, but he can change directions like
a DB. Gabriel is not but 16 years old but he can already bench 360 pounds. Just
wait until he fully develops. The kid is going to be special."
long has your son been starting for Amite County?
"He has started
every game since his 9th grade season, both ways (OL/DL), every play. He has never
come off the field since we got him up to varsity ball. He came in at 6' 2",
230 as a 9th grader, but he was pancaking seniors nd he was only benching 185
pounds. LSU saw him his 10th grade year and offered him a full scholarship on
Have anymore schools offered Gabriel?
Ole Miss offered him last year when Coach Orgeron was there. Mississippi State
and Auburn (have offered). LSU and Ole Miss want him to come up there this summer.
MSU does too. Several colleges are enthused about him. USM offered him too, but
he is not going there."
Gabriel was playing next to another all-state
lineman last year in James Brown. What ever happened to James?
is going to S' West CC. And I can tell you this, where ever Gabriel goes, that
is where James is going. Those two are inseparable. James is like a second son
to me. I thought they were the best one two punch in Mississippi last year."
does Gabriel's Spring visit list look like?
"Well, I am also a pastor,
so we are pretty limited on where we can go because I have to be back for Church
on Sunday's. But I plan on taking him to Ole Miss' Jr Day next weekend, and I
plan on taking him to a practice of MSU's, Alabama's, and Auburn's. We have already
been to LSU so I am going to let him look at those four schools and see where
he wants to go."
What are some of the positives with Ole Miss?
Ole Miss does not really interest me too well, but I give my ball players the
choice to make their own decision. If the kid is not happy with his choice, he
will not be productive, so I let him make his own decision."
am not really that attracted with MSU or Ole Miss. I feel strong towards LSU and
Auburn, but I am not pushing him to either one. If he wants to go to Ole Miss,
MSU, or Alabama, that will be his choice, but I like LSU and Auburn. But again,
that is his own choice."
What stands out about LSU?
guess I have been a fan of the SEC all of my life. Even when LSU was not winning
all that well, I was pulling for LSU. Jerry Baldwin coached there 8 or 10 years
ago. We are real tight so he got me to liking LSU. There is nothing that really
stands out about LSU. It is just my relationship I have with Coach Baldwin."
is Coach Jackson so high on the Auburn Tigers?
"I like LSU a lot more
than Auburn but I like Auburn's style of ball. I also like their coaches and environment
they have for their kids. Coach Nall has done a good job in building a relationship
with me and Gabriel. I like how much effort they have put into his recruitment."
does Gabriel stand, academically?
"He has a 2.8 core GPA and he takes
the ACT for the first time on April 12th.