Pascagoula offensive and defensive lineman James Jackson verbally committed to Mississippi State on Tuesday.
The rising senior received an offer from MSU on a visit to Starkville on Saturday and decided it was the right place for him after returning home to Pascagoula.
"I felt very excited," Jackson said of receiving the scholarship offer. "I got there, looked at all of their facilities and watched them practice. It didn't feel like I was away from Pascagoula.
"It just felt like home. I just like the way they did things."
The MSU staff sees the 6-foot-3, 335-pound Jackson playing as a nose tackle at the college level.
"He's so big and strong and athletic," Pascagoula coach Lewis Sims said. "He has really good feet. He's so athletic to be such a big guy."
Jackson has played primarily on the offensive line, but he saw significant time on both sides of the ball this past season.
"We've often said that (defensive line) may be his best position," Sims said. "He played 102 snaps against Moss Point. He was able to play both ways."
Former Pascagoula football star Terrell Buckley is the MSU staff member tasked with recruiting Jackson and that hometown connection paid off for the Bulldogs.
Jackson already held an offer from Texas-San Antonio and it's likely he'll have more offers coming his way, but he seems solidly in the MSU camp at this point.
"I'm pretty sure this is a solid commitment," Jackson said. "I guess other schools will offer. If they offer, I just need to think about things and talk to my parents. Right now, I'm loving Mississippi State."
Jackson is the nephew of former Moss Point and LSU star offensive lineman Alcender Jackson.