After making the surprising decision to commit to LSU as a sophomore, George County defensive lineman McKinnley Jackson has decided to reassess and take his time.
Jackson announced Thursday that he is dropping his verbal commitment to LSU and reopening his recruitment.
The 6-foot-2, 300-pound Jackson announced his verbal commitment to LSU in late November despite having an impressive list of offers that includes Mississippi State, Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
“I’m sorry it had to come to this but I would like to thank (LSU defensive line coach Dennis Johnson) and (LSU head coach Ed Orgeron) for recruiting me and after much prayer and talks with God I am decommitting from LSU,” Jackson said in a statement. “I made my decision to become a Tiger too early and would like to ensure my recruitment process is well thought out.
“It is a privilege and honor to have an opportunity to play at LSU, and they are still high on my list. However, as of now, I am reopening my recruitment. I also want to thank Tiger Nation for their support and hope they forgive me.”
Jackson picked up an FBS offer before he played a down of high school football at the age of 14 when former Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth offered Jackson on the spot during a summer camp in Ocean Springs.
Jackson was again a bright spot on a George County team that struggled to a 2-10 record in 2017. He had 81 tackles, including 36 for negative yardage, and had a pair of defensive touchdowns.
A physically imposing and athletic player, McKinnley seems likely to play defensive tackle in college.