Posted 3:44 p.m. Saturday
AJ Jackson, one of the state’s top prospects at tight end, committed to Auburn on Saturday.
The 6-foot-6, 245-pounder from Lovejoy High School picked Auburn over South Carolina, Missouri and Virginia among 21 football scholarship offers. He is ranked as a 4-star tight end by Rivals.
“I came up to Auburn for the ‘Big Cat’ weekend with my family, and it just felt like the perfect fit,” Jackson told the AJC. “Auburn has everything I’m looking for in a school, with academics and athletics. And it was perfect timing to commit with my family here and everything.”
Last year as a junior, Jackson was one of the star players for a Lovejoy team that reached the Class AAAA state championship, losing to Tucker. Jackson started both ways at tight end and defensive end.
“I’m happy for AJ; I’ve had four other players from here go to Auburn and I’m very familiar with Auburn,” Lovejoy coach Al Hughes said.
“He’s an outstanding football player, and he has got his best football ahead of him. He’s still a big growing boy, and will be outstanding in college.
“He’s good at tight end, the kind of guy you need to get the ball in his hands. He can cause a lot mismatch problems with his height and leaping ability. You can match him with the linebacker and strong safety, and have a mismatch.”
Auburn has 10 commitments for its 2013 recruiting class, including five from the state of Georgia — Jackson, Camden County LB Jarrad Davis, Central Gwinnett LB Trey Johnson, Harrison punter Jimmy Hutchinson and Milton defensive end Carl Lawson.
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