MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Shedrick Jackson’s phone continues to blow up.
The Auburn legacy committed to the Tigers two weeks ago through an iconic video with AL.com. He knew the fan base loved his uncle Bo, but Jackson didn’t quite anticipate the warm reception he’d receive from Auburn faithful.
“It’s been pretty hectic. I’ve had a bunch of people hitting up my phone, especially on Twitter,” Jackson said. “It’s been crazy, but it’s been fun. I was just glad to get it over with.”
Some might say the decision was simple. Jackson didn’t see it that way. Sure, he’d grown up an Auburn fan and his uncle is likely the greatest Tiger of all time. But Auburn hadn’t offered Jackson until this spring, so he’d forged longer relationships with other coaching staffs.
In one visit, the Tigers made Jackson realize there was no sense in waiting. He knew where he belonged.
“At the beginning, I really didn’t know. It was a process I had to go through. It opened my eyes,” Jackson said. “When I went to Big Cat Weekend, that definitely separated and solidified me as a Tiger. … It was definitely just the atmosphere. Getting out there with the coaches and the people around the city and the players, everybody, I just love it. I love being there.”
Aside from the positivity he received from Auburn’s fan base, Jackson also got a chance to speak with his uncle, who was at the forefront of his commitment video. Bo offered his congratulations, but Jackson said he’d rather keep most of those family conversations internal.
It will be impossible to avoid comparisons to his Heisman-winning uncle. Jackson already has told SEC Country how he plans to deal with those expectations.
But there is another gauge that also will work to drive him. The 247Sports composite rankings — an aggregation of 247Sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN — place Jackson as the No. 89 wide receiver in the nation. 247Sports specifically ranks him the highest at No. 59 at his position, though the site’s national director of scouting Barton Simmons has suggested Jackson should expect a big bump in the next version.
Still, it gives Auburn’s newest commit something to prove wrong.
“I’m not worried about it. It is what it is. If they feel that way,” Jackson said. “It’s motivation. It definitely is. I love hearing about stuff I can improve on. I hear all the time about stuff people think I do well, but anything people think I can improve on, I listen to it. If it’s a weakness, I make it a strength.”