Alabama quarterback Jackson transferring to Georgia State

Quarterback Star Jackson is leaving Alabama for Georgia State.

Quarterback Star Jackson is leaving Alabama for Georgia State.

It might be overstating things to say Georgia State just acquired the key weapon to defeat Alabama this season. But the fledgling football program probably just took a significant step forward.

Star Jackson, the Crimson Tide quarterback who had been considering transferring to the first-year Panthers, apparently has finalized plans to do just that. The Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register reported that Jackson was in Atlanta this weekend looking for an apartment and will enroll at Georgia State.

“He got his release [from Alabama] and everything,” Errick Lowe, Jackson’s former Lake Worth, Fla., high school, said.

Georgia State will start playing football this season. But because the school is not yet an official NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team, Jackson is not required to sit out a season and can play immediately.

Easily the Panthers’ highest profile game next season will be in Tuscaloosa Nov. 20 against the defending BCS champion Crimson Tide. Georgia State’s coach, Bill Curry, is a former Alabama coach. One of his assistants, defensive backs coach Anthony Midget, was on the Lake Worth staff when Jackson played there.

Jackson, who played five games last season as a redshirt freshman, is leaving Alabama because of a lack of playing time. He was No. 3 on Alabama’s depth chart after spring football, behind Greg McElroy and A.J. McCarron. But No. 3 at Alabama could easily be No. 1 at Georgia State. The 6-3, 209-pound Jackson threw for 3,500 yards and 32 touchdowns in high school and was rated as the nation’s No. 11 quarterback, according to Scout.com.

Team-wise, he goes from the nation’s No. 1 team to one that has yet to play a game.

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Dayman

May 31st, 2010
11:31 pm

Good pick up for G State.

Reid Adair

May 31st, 2010
11:34 pm

That is a nice signing for Georgia State. It will be interesting to see the reaction Star Jackson gets when the Panthers go to Bryant-Denny Stadium in November.

the real GSU

May 31st, 2010
11:38 pm

Star will look good playing in the Georgia Dome.

……….Go Panthers……….

Coach Smith

May 31st, 2010
11:39 pm

As a Tide Fan I’m glad to see Star get a chance to play for whatever reason he was not going to play at Alabama So I hope he makes the best of his opportunity at G-State Good luck to him and Coach Pugh this year

bornloser

May 31st, 2010
11:42 pm

bornloser

May 31st, 2010
11:42 pm

Beano Cook

May 31st, 2010
11:42 pm

Now that Georgia State has a player who has run Alabama’s offense on their side, look for the undefeated Panthers to roll, pun intended, into Bryant-Denny Stadium and firmly interject themselves into the BSC picture.

English

May 31st, 2010
11:49 pm

This is the beginning of something beautiful. Let’s see what happens on the grid iron but we’ve all seen the Panthers are gathering (Moon, Matthews, Wynn) a very nice arsenal of weapons to succeed.

Go State!

realist

May 31st, 2010
11:59 pm

Come on!! Mr. Jackson, you are smart. Alabama and its fans do not like nor want a black quarterback. Star, You made a good decision to get out of that RACIST place. Not Saban, just Alabama.

realist

June 1st, 2010
12:00 am

Coach Smith…you know why he didn’t play at Alabama. “For Whatever reason.” Right.

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Jon

June 1st, 2010
12:02 am

Welcome to Georgia State Mr. Jackson!! He had a great spring game at Bama this year and was basically a victim of a ridiculously talented pipeline of QBs brought in by Saban. He is a great kid by all accounts and he should be able to grab the starting job pretty easily.

Bob Davie

June 1st, 2010
12:03 am

I’m gonna tell you right now; that Star Jackson is a footbawl player. That young man can really throw the footbawl and he can run around too. Georgia State just got them a heck of a footbawl player. That kid is a footbawl player. He can really throw that footbawl.

English

June 1st, 2010
12:07 am

Does it take you longer to write “footbawl” down incorrectly than to write it the right way? Just saying, but I can guess you’re just trying to stress the inflection.

Go Panthers

June 1st, 2010
12:10 am

The great thing is that ga state has two transfers from ga tech that will be on the offensive line. Gilbert was a starter and might get drafted. Clyde yandell was the other transfer and he did see the field including in the acc championship. State just had a transfer tight end from auburn also and their running back is a stud. He was a three star high school player but he was definitely over looked. State will lose to jacksonville state and alabama…but that is it..

Go panthers!

Bob Davie

June 1st, 2010
12:13 am

English…

Have you ever heard me do analyst work on a footbawl game?

Dawg

June 1st, 2010
12:15 am

This the 2nd QB to leave Alabama. The 1st kid, Thomas Darrah, left and went to Jacksonville State. No playing time was seen from a far, and these guys got smart and left to play. I’d have done the same.

English

June 1st, 2010
12:16 am

Let the erosion continue.

Go State!

GIVE ME A BREAK

June 1st, 2010
12:19 am

ALABAMA is scared to play GEORGIA TECH but they will play GEORGIA STATE. I hope STATE cleans their clock. GO JACKETS!!!!

Scott

June 1st, 2010
12:19 am

@realist – You’re a troll Part of the reason that Jackson is leaving is because there is another black QB, Phillip Sims, that will be competing for the starting job next year when McElroy leaves who showed he was better than Jackson during Spring practice despite being a freshman. The 2012 QB job will be between AJ McCarron and Sims.

I wish Jackson nothing but the best of luck at Georgia State.

gcs

June 1st, 2010
12:22 am

Good luck to Star. He is a good guy.

Star Jones

June 1st, 2010
12:26 am

Great get for GSU, in my view.

Hammer22

June 1st, 2010
12:28 am

Welcome Jackson. Glad to have you in Panther Blue.

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Dawg Fan 1981

June 1st, 2010
12:43 am

I’m sorry, but am I the only one who thinks GSU is getting players a first-year program should have no business getting? First the two Tech offensive linemen, then Bailey Woods (who was actually a 4-star prospect out of high school) and now Jackson?! Hell Jackson would compete for the starting job at most SEC schools, let alone GSU. Good job by the Panthers so far. Curry sure doesn’t seem to be messing around.

Scooter

June 1st, 2010
12:49 am

Star had a great second half in the spring game. He has a lot of physical talent, but was passed on the depth chart last season by a true frosh, A.J. McCarron. This spring, Phillip Sims, a high school graduate from Virginia, enrolled early and did well. And yes, he is black too, as if that matters. Bama has had as many black QB’s as anyone else around the south (Walter Lewis, Vince Sutton, Andrew Zow, Danny Woodson are the first 4 that jump to mind). Also, Bama has had 3 QB defections in the past few years (Fanuzi to Rice, Darah to JSU, and Star to GSU – All concerned playing time. Two were white) Anyway, it looked as if it might be hard for Jackson to ever get much playing time at Bama. I wish him and State well. I am a Bama fan who still likes Bill Curry. I hope they do well in all of them except at Bryant-Denny. As far as the reception Star will get, it will be fine. I am afraid the same cannot be said for Coach Curry. That is unfortunate. Flame away, but all schools have fans who boo when they should not…that will likely be the case in November.

focused

June 1st, 2010
1:12 am

Georgia State….man up and play Georgia Southern…then we will talk….

Guru

June 1st, 2010
1:21 am

focused,

Hey man, you do realize GA State’s start up program probably has more talent right now than Southern. They have already assembled a ton of D1 transfers and some decently recruited guys out of high school. Ga State will soon take over as the 3rd best program in the state. If I’m Southern I’m worried, they have nearly every recruiting advantage over you.

GSU Panther Fan

June 1st, 2010
1:23 am

LOL @focused! Buddy, any time, any place. Come get some. I understand that watching GSU get all these SEC and ACC players must hurt, especially considering the only time Southern makes any news is when one of their players gets arrested. How many arrested this year so far? Two? Three?!

Brooke Adams

June 1st, 2010
1:38 am

Georgia Southern hasn’t been relevant since Adrian Peterson left. LOL

wxwax

June 1st, 2010
1:49 am

New word: Saban-ethics.

Recruit them, offer them scholarships.

Then kick them out the door when they don’t make the cut.

SaintDK10

June 1st, 2010
2:13 am

GSU Panther fans, join us on GSU message boards at http://www.panthertalk.com

Ed Danforth

June 1st, 2010
3:16 am

GSU is getting some good talent, but Curry is the coach, which is a big problem. Great motivational speaker, lousy coach. A lot of 1-AA programs have refugees from 1-A, like Ryan Perriloux the last two seasons at JSU, who played alongside a couple of former Gators there. These guys get tired of sitting after thinking they were all-world in high school. Florida’s former starter at QB, Ingle Martin, saw the writing on the wall with Chris Leake and ended up playing some great ball for Furman. (And I don’t mean Bisher.)

George

June 1st, 2010
4:48 am

How bout them Panthers!! Should be an exciting year for all us alumni…See you at the Dome…

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bamaguy

June 1st, 2010
5:57 am

Star Jackson is good, but AJ McCarron is better. But he is too good to sit on the bench, that’s why he chose to go to a school where he could play immediately. Sometimes things just don’t work out. It was a similar situation that brought Colin Peek from Georgia Tech to Alabama when Paul Johnson put in an offense that didn’t include a role for a tight end. And he got a National Championship ring in the deal.

dawgma

June 1st, 2010
6:48 am

bill_in_atl

June 1st, 2010
7:00 am

It’s all about oversigning. It’s not illegal but it’s unethical and most coaches don’t do it, at least to the extent that Saban does it.

In this case he wasn’t “kicked out” by any means, but it was made clear to him that he would never see the field and that it was in his best interest to transfer. Star made the right decision to leave since he wasn’t in the plans any longer at Bama.

While most schools are praying not to lose players over the summer Saban is trying to figure out who he should nudge out the door or label a medical hardship (even if the medically disabled player wants to play and has clearance from other doctors).

Then of course Bama also uses the Bryant Scholarships to boost their numbers even further. It’s a completely unfair advantage and the way it’s used essentially makes Bama’s real number around 87-90 every year.

Saban is a good coach, no doubt, but it’s a lot easier to be a good coach when you have a different set of rules to play by and you never end up with depth chart problems or 5-star busts who never panned out taking up a scholarship in place of someone else who might contribute.

Bammer 4 Life

June 1st, 2010
7:56 am

GIVE ME A BREAK – Tech was afraid to play Alabama you @sshat… get your facts straight.

tiger7_88

June 1st, 2010
7:58 am

Looks like Lil Nicky is finally getting around to his annual “they decided to transfer or violated a team rule” paring down of current scholarship players to make room for his next signing class since he oversigns every year.

SecIsFootball

June 1st, 2010
8:36 am

bill_in_atl….I love it when all people can do is turn this around on Coach Saban. First and foremost, a scholarship is a year by year thing that is no guaranteed. Everyone makes it out like big, mean Coach Saban is the only coach to do such a thing. I mean the oversigning must have been so bad that he ran off enough kids to where he could give 2 scholarships to 2 WALK-ON’s this year, huh?

Also, what is wrong with telling a kid he is not likely to see the field at BAMA and may want to consider transferring. After about 8 games last season, AJ McCarron (a true freshman) had passed him on the depth chart and if McElroy were to have gotten hurt, AJ’s redshirt would have been gone. In the spring, he was passed by an early enrollee freshman named Phillip Simms. Star didnt want to change positions and decided it was in his best interest to transfer.

It is strange how you point out that Star made the correct decision but you counter with what as a$$ Saban is for giving him that option. Just another person who finds a need to take a shot at Saban which in these blogs is not surprising.

BAMA1

June 1st, 2010
8:44 am

Hmmmm… that’s weird how State has a better Q.B. than the dawgs.

GStateBen

June 1st, 2010
9:02 am

Wow! Such hate against Nick Saban. Great coaches make tough decisions and play the best players at their position (regardless of class). If a player cannot overcome someone on the depth chart they should transfer to where they can play more.

I love how Star gets compared to Perilloux. Other than the fact they transfered to an FCS school from an SEC there is little to compare. Ryan had multiple rules violations: using a fake ID to go gamble, involvement in an Baton Rouge bar fight and allegedly failing drug tests. All of these lead to his dismissal from the LSU program.

Welcome to State Star! We are very glad to have you. 93 days and counting…G-A S-T-A-T-E!!

woooooooooo!

June 1st, 2010
9:09 am

Getting excited!

Great news right after selecting season tickets last week.

Especially looking forward to starting an in-state rivalry with GA Southern.

BTW, what’s a reasonable number of fans to expect on game days for the first season? 3K? 5K?

Anyone have any guesses?

English

June 1st, 2010
9:16 am

Still excited!

Go State!

SecIsFootball

June 1st, 2010
9:22 am

GStateBen….There should be no comparison to Perrilloux. Unless there is something I have not yet heard, Star was a good kid and student while at UA. I don’t recall him ever getting into trouble at all. Perrilloux left because he had no choice. Million dollar arm with a 5 cent head. Star is leaving for the opportunity to play and I dont blame him at all. G State is getting a good kid!

larry bird

June 1st, 2010
9:29 am

God hates a coward son. You are certainly not a coward.

james

June 1st, 2010
9:46 am

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer Give em Hell Shorter University

bill_in_atl

June 1st, 2010
10:05 am

The statements aren’t contradictory in the least. If you can’t understand that then your crimson glasses are probably on too tight.

Maybe this will help. Imagine your girlfriend telling you that you’re her true love and that she can see a wonderful and bright future together. Then after you date for a while you find out she’s been seeing other guys. In fact she has two other boyfriends who are spending more time with her than you. Then she tells you that’s how it’s gonna be, that she thanks you for trying to please her but that you’re just not man enough to satisfy her. She says you have the right to go find another girl to love if you don’t like this new situation. So you leave and find another girl to date.

She did nothing illegal in that scenario, but she’s still an a$$ (as you say). And you would have made the correct decision to leave that relationship, wouldn’t you agree?

Regarding the 1 year renewal, we all know it’s legal not to renew any player, but we all know most coaches promise 4-5 years to a kid when he commits unless the kid does something that causes the relationship to end.

Saban signs more players than he has spots. One way or another he HAS to find a way to get rid of the ones he doesn’t want around. It’s NOT COMPLICATED.

As to the walk-ons Saban gave scholarships to this year, who are they? I didn’t see any. And if you find any, were they on Bryant Scholarships before, where they got full rides and were allowed to practice with the team just like any other player? If so and if they were “recruited” then this would be the only way Saban could play them in a game, which is why St Nick would have to change the scholly as the player is now good enough to contribute on the field. Nice system you’ve got over there.

'Bama 1

June 1st, 2010
10:25 am

If they are smart they won’t play him. ‘Bama’s defense will kill him!