Sumrall (Miss.) wide receiver Dannis Jackson announced on Monday night he had changed his verbal commitment from Mississippi State to Ole Miss.
Jackson, a member of the 2018 Dandy Dozen and the No. 7 player in the state, according to 247Sports, made his announcement in a post to his Twitter account. He had been committed to Mississippi State for about a month.
“I know many won’t understand, but I have to do what’s best for me and follow my heart,” Jackson wrote.
Jackson caught 132 passes for 2,287 yards and 28 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He has made one-handed grabs and leaped over defenders to catch passes, but the attribute that sets him apart is his speed.
“There’s no telling how good he’s going to be when he gets faster, and he’s fast now,” Sumrall head coach Shannon White said. “He’s never worked a day in his life on speed that I know of. It’s just natural ability. When he’s able to spend time on those skills and physically improve he’s going to be even better.”
Along with Diwun Black and Jerrion Ealy, Jackson’s commitment gives Ole Miss pledges from three of the top 10 players in the state. The Rebels have three wide receivers committed for the 2019 class. Jordan Jernigan from Tupelo and JaVonta Payton from Northwest Mississippi Community College are the other two.
Jackson will play both football and baseball at Ole Miss. He said this decision will end his recruitment and allow him to focus on his senior season.
“I knew he liked Ole Miss,” White said. “He was really torn. He really liked both places. … I think this is a decision he’s going to stick with. He’s always liked Ole Miss.”