AJ Jackson: Auburn gets commitment from 4-star tight end

TE AJ Jackson (AJC)

TE AJ Jackson (AJC)

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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67 comments Add your comment

tiger7_88

May 26th, 2012
3:59 pm

Welcome to the Auburn Family, A.J.!

A town

May 26th, 2012
4:03 pm

AJ Jackson who?

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WUZZADAWG

May 26th, 2012
4:14 pm

Watch for the crazies from my UGA start coming out with “He is not any good, so why did AU pay him to come there”?Just leave the kids alone.

tiger7_88

May 26th, 2012
4:21 pm

Indeed, WUZZA. If he’d picked UGA or South Carolina or anywhere else, he’d still be one heckuva high school player. On top of the fact that UGA and South Carolina are great schools, just like Auburn.

But, you’re right… expect a ton of UGA and Auburn “fans” to now jump into this thread and happily display their ignorance.

HardTruth Soldier

May 26th, 2012
4:26 pm

Hey Kid wish you the best, but lets look at the facts, UGA HAS MORE ACTIVE TIGHT ENDS in the NFL wABAN than any school in the SEC, Your a homeboy, and you really need to reconsider your long term legacy. Georgia takes care of it’s own. Saban takes care of Saban.

Bad Dawg

May 26th, 2012
4:46 pm

The Alabama fans won’t be happy. Congrats to Auburn and the young man though.

Dad

May 26th, 2012
4:50 pm

I’m a die hard dawg fan and I know this kid personally he made the best decision for him and thats all that matters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GtDawg

May 26th, 2012
4:59 pm

Rivals and Scout have him listed as a 3 star, ESPN have him as NR.. They guy is Talented though, Just sayn.

bitter---- anti "tur_d roll

May 26th, 2012
5:08 pm

Missouri could be a great place for kids to play that dont make the cut at —UGA—

DONT PLAY for the dead oaks at tumors corner—AKA—the house that scam newton—BUILT

———————-BLAhahahahahahahahah

bitter---- anti "tur_d roll

May 26th, 2012
5:09 pm

best of luck——-A.J.—————-DECOMMIT AND GO TO——–MISSOURI

RTR22

May 26th, 2012
5:12 pm

Bad Dawg, here is one Bama guy that could care less what the Barn is doing….. 22 SEC Titles and they are not even in double figures.

Game Changer

May 26th, 2012
5:53 pm

Ty Smith was, still may, transfer from the UGA football team. One school of major interest was Auburn. This is all to do with A Murray remaining the QB and not allowing H Mason to be the starter. More unhappy people playing for UGA.

Buford H. Pusser

May 26th, 2012
5:58 pm

@ Hard Truth Soldier

Just for your info, Saban is the coach at Alabama, not Auburn. Why don’t you back up your post with some hard truth facts.

GtDawg

May 26th, 2012
6:25 pm

@ Game Changer………”What U talking bout Willis”
Via ESPN Yesterday
ATHENS, Ga. — Ty Smith made a name for himself as a college prospect by excelling as a hybrid tight end in a pass-based spread offense. His high school coach believes the chance to play a similar role at Georgia was one of the deciding factors in Smith’s signing with the Bulldogs.
“I think he thinks Georgia might be trying to change a little bit,” said Rush Propst, Smith’s coach at Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Ga. “Don’t get me wrong, as long as Mark [Richt] is there, they’re going to want to run the football and all that kind of stuff, but I think Georgia will line up and throw more in the next two or three years than they ever have in the past nine or 10.”
Last year the Bulldogs moved toward the fast-paced style Propst’s Packers employ, running the ninth-most plays in all of FBS after introducing a no-huddle offense. It’s a style that suits Smith perfectly, as he caught 88 passes for 1,361 yards in his final two seasons in high school.

01HAWK

May 26th, 2012
6:29 pm

BAMA does not care what “THE BARN” does.

AUBARN has alweays wanted to be like BAMA.

2ND RATE ATHLETIC PROGRAM AT THE BARN.

RHall55

May 26th, 2012
6:42 pm

Did UGA even offer this kid? If not, why not? If he can play for SC, AU, or Missouri, he can play for UGA!!! C’mon RG; this kid has great size!!

1eyedJack

May 26th, 2012
6:54 pm

I hope he gets to play in several losses to Georgia.

frontrunner

May 26th, 2012
6:55 pm

Game Changer’s bitter today that this kid didn’t pick his Cocks. The other 364 days of the year, he’s just plain ignorant.

Randall "Pink" Floyd

May 26th, 2012
6:57 pm

UGA has 3 other TE prospects they like better who’ve received offers. Hopefully one of them jumps on board otherwise this could be costly. This guy has all the measurables you look for at the position. Looks like a good get for AU.

Thomas Brown

May 26th, 2012
6:58 pm

No. We did not recruit AJ Jackson, and offered him no scholarship. We have some favorites to play in front of him on the Depth Chart, and we need to save our Scholarships for our 5th QB who will never play and our 10 running back. But, we signed only 1 defensive back, despite attrition of 11 of Mark Richt’s last 109 he signed to scholarships at defensive back. Look for us to sign 11 in one year, now. Then, we will get back on the kick of recruiting 5 TE all the same season. Then, 16 OL.

GtDawg

May 26th, 2012
7:02 pm

did anyone forget J Rome is a freshman rs with ty smith waiting next year. “why didnt UGA do this, why didnt UGA do that” buncha whining L ers

Thomas Brown

May 26th, 2012
7:18 pm

Where do you figure Jay Rome is on Mark Richt’s depth chart ?

Randall "Pink" Floyd

May 26th, 2012
7:27 pm

Rome was #2 going into Spring and after his performance in camp he’s probably #1A, now.

Rowdy_Red_Pachyderm

May 26th, 2012
7:38 pm

Now that is a sad day when a kid from Georgia would stoop to pick that milk cow school from the plains.

A real tragedy to be noted…

John

May 26th, 2012
8:10 pm

Good Luck A.J. Take advantage of everything that is being offered to you at Auburn. Get your education, enjoy playing football, and enjoy the atmosphere on the campus.

Gene Chizik

May 26th, 2012
8:18 pm

Kid is wasting 4 years at a school where they won’t win another championship until Gene is fired.

nh gamecock

May 26th, 2012
8:55 pm

We have a ton of TE’s so this is not a major disappointment. But good luck to this kid…

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

May 26th, 2012
9:03 pm

If a kid is impressed with Trupa and Lupa then he has some serious issues. Auburn has given up on flipping OJ Howard (TE) from Bama and this is their replacement. Nothing to see here. You will see in the coming months the cleaning of Bob Pertrino by the Auburn AD complex. If needed the banker and the tree cutter will blowup Cheezestraw in order to secure Bobby. It’s coming.

tiger7_88

May 26th, 2012
9:26 pm

From the looks of a lot of the posts in this thread, they must have finally got internet access in the trailer parks of Athens and Tuscaloosa.

J

May 26th, 2012
9:27 pm

It’s Interesting how there’s so many insecure “dowgs” and Auburn obsessed bamers commenting on this.

Saban

May 26th, 2012
9:31 pm

Don’t worry, tiger7, Auburn should be getting it soon.

Death Penalty

May 26th, 2012
9:33 pm

“Auburn obsessed bammers” is redundant.

bitter---- war dawg

May 26th, 2012
9:37 pm

darn considering the post on here today—–bagdad seemed like a walk in the park———-trolls

bitter---- ARRON--murhpy

May 26th, 2012
9:42 pm

One thing will not change, I will shine against div2 teams and fold like a cheap seat against all top 25 teams—————just who i am—aaronn—tampa—murphy——the greatest div 2 QB ever

—-”O” coach richt loves me—————ya 10-4 will be just fine this year——go gators, uh–dawgs

bitter---- ARRON--murhpy

May 26th, 2012
9:45 pm

The bammer nation has a hit squad led by –paul/harvey/finebomb—they attack everybody

————–bamma state flower————-satalite dish———-bahahahahahah

bitter---- ARRON--murhpy

May 26th, 2012
9:49 pm

henry told saban to ki$$ his a_$$ and left from his visit to tusk–er—looserville today

———my sources have confirmed that saban throw a punch at herny when henry slamed the door in sabans face and said to saban that he was all dawg—-you ole used car salesman—hahahahah

A person SMART enough to know......

May 26th, 2012
10:00 pm

Good Luck and have fun.
I bet Auburn SMELLS just like LOVEJOY!
The Convicts work the Lovejoy Dump and it smells similarly like AUBURN and the Orange jump suits look the same.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 26th, 2012
10:02 pm

BITTER—master—Bater for the UGa fishing team is just drunk and out of Moon Pies and PBR.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 26th, 2012
10:04 pm

Bitter wanted him as a Water Girl but Richt’s wife is doing that and BITTER has A.I.D.’s

A person SMART enough to know......

May 26th, 2012
10:17 pm

UGa wanted to make him a QB.

TIM BUCK

May 26th, 2012
10:33 pm

DROUGHT 1980….42-14….BLACK-OUT… NAT. CHAMPS….DOMINATION…NO MO HERCHELLLL…BO CAINT RUN….GAWGEE=_JAIL TIME….GAWGEE=2ND TIER TEAM…..CRYING FANS AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST…..DA BARN WILL BURN A G A I N !!!!!!!!!!!!!! FACTS

The Factor

May 26th, 2012
11:05 pm

@TIM BUCK

Whoever you are, you are a pinhead. What a stupid post.

tim cluck

May 26th, 2012
11:05 pm

Auburn+payday=Wins

The Factor

May 26th, 2012
11:07 pm

@A person….

You are not even qualified for pinhead status. Stop using a name you are certainly not.

Flo-Ri-Duh

May 26th, 2012
11:12 pm

Auburn will be 7-5 this year and once again get crushed by UGA. UGA has two of the best TE’s in the country and this guy wasn’t going to get to play any time soon.

A person SMART enough to know......

May 26th, 2012
11:35 pm

The FACTOR of 1980 is ? I am smart enough to know it is still 1………….1 MNC in 32 years cause the MUTTS will not win one this year either………….Wait Til Next Year the war chant of the dWags.

Fan

May 26th, 2012
11:51 pm

Michael,

As others above have mentioned, he’s NOT a 4-star tight end by Rivals or any other major recruiting service. Not sure where you get that from. Rivals has him as the #20 TE prospect.

nash

May 27th, 2012
12:04 am

It looks like tech just picked up a commit from Jarmain Hall the other o-linemen from Tri Citie

TVFan

May 27th, 2012
12:23 am

Welcome Mr. Hall to GT.