November 25, 2009

Rebels land commitment from four-star safety

Ole Miss' search for a ready-made replacement to departing senior Kendrick Lewis came much closer to fruition today when Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College safety Damien Jackson committed to Ole Miss.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Louisiana native chose Ole Miss over Iowa State, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Southern Mississippi and Tulsa. Jackson is the 11th prospect to commit to the Rebels for the 2010 signing class.

Jackson, a December graduate, can enroll in classes at Ole Miss in January, meaning he'll be eligible to go through spring drills and compete for Lewis' free safety spot. Strong safety Johnny Brown and reserve safety Fon Ingram are the only returning safeties with any significant playing experience on the Ole Miss roster.

Jackson visited Ole Miss officially on Oct. 10, taking in the atmosphere of Ole Miss' SEC West showdown with Alabama. The Rebels lost to the Crimson Tide, 22-3, but Jackson left Oxford with Ole Miss in the lead for his services and that never changed.

"Ole Miss really gave me a lot of love," Jackson said following that visit. "I like the way the Ole Miss defense plays and the way they use their safeties."

Jackson, who will have three years to use his two years of playing eligibility, was a junior college teammate of four-star defensive end Wayne Dorsey, who remains a top Ole Miss target. Dorsey appears to have narrowed his choices to the Rebels, North Carolina and Florida State. Like Jackson, Dorsey is a December graduate. His decision is considered imminent.

Jackson recorded 33 tackles for Mississippi Gulf Coast this season.

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