New Southern Miss coach Jay Hopson has hit the Coast hard in his short tenure with the Golden Eagles.
After the school’s elite camp last weekend, three South Mississippi standouts landed offers from Hopson.
Former Long Beach receiver Trevor Terry (now at Jones County Junior College), D’Iberville sophomore offensive lineman Louis Paul Smith and senior defensive back Tyler Barnes and Pascagoula senior defensive end Rasheed Jackson all picked up scholarship offers.
Jackson landed his first FBS offer once he got home from the camp in Hattiesburg.
“After the performance I had, I was expecting it,” Jackson said Sunday. “I had a relationship with the staff so I felt like it was a matter of time.”
The 6-foot-2, 223-pound Jackson, who runs a 4.75-second 40-yard dash, said he felt he really stood out at the camp.
“The one-on-ones, I won a lot of them,” Jackson said. “I had a good motor and good technique. I didn’t slow down, so I think that’s what stood out.”
Jackson also has offers from Jackson State and Nicholls State but said picking up an offer from USM was special.
“It means a lot for it to be an in-state school that’s close to home,” He said. “It wouldn’t be hard to get family up for games. That’s a big part (of my recruitment).”
Jackson, who had 42 tackles and a sack for Pascagoula last season, came away from the camp impressed with Southern Miss.
‘On the rise’
“I know they’re a program on the rise,” he said. “They have a lot of big-time talent already committed and a lot of big talent already there so I feel like I’d fit in.”
“I think he’s great,” Jackson said. “I’ve heard great things about him. I think he’s going to do big things.”
Taking it slow
While Jackson is excited to have a USM offer, he said he’s in no rush to make a commitment and will likely wait until after the football season to officially visit any schools and ultimately make any decisions.
“I want to take my time,” said Jackson, who is also hearing from Arkansas State, Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette. “I don’t want to rush on anything. It’s a big decision.”