Star Jackson Will Live Up to His Name at Alabama

Step LewisContributor IAugust 19, 2008

Not much has been written in the papers or mentioned on the radio about Bama's four-star, fifth-ranked overall QB recruit, Star Jackson. 

However, the buzz around the field has been quite different.

During freshman practice on day one, there was much chatter about the 6'3" QB with the quick release and accurate, surprisingly strong arm.

"That kid's got an arm!" one writer exclaimed.

"When you think about playing QB, that's what it looks like."

"He's got a presence about him."

"He's a lot bigger than I thought he'd be."

"That kid's got IT."

Those were just a few of the things I heard as Star ripped off one accurate pass after another.

While we only get to see a few drills before they close practice, if you've been around football and practices long enough, you can tell a lot when you watch these kids in drills.

I've been fortunate enough to see quarterbacks Tyler Watts, Brodie Croyle, and JP Wilson when they first practiced as freshmen.

I remember the first time I saw Brodie walk under center.  I said, "We got ourselves a QB," and one healed shoulder and a knee later, we did.

A QB's demeanor is easy to see early on, and that may have been the unanimous opinion of Star.  He carried himself on the field like a guy in control.

It doesn't surprise me in the least.  I've had a couple opportunities to speak with the bright young man who spoke more like a college senior than a high school one.

Check out these interviews:

Star Jackson in depth.

Star and Mark Ingram.

"I just wanna make it hard for them to redshirt me, that's all I wanna do," Star said when I asked what his goals were when he gets here.

It's apparent that his mission is in full swing.

"He's a very talented guy, one we want to continue to develop over the course of the year," replied Coach Nick Saban when I asked about Star's progress.

It doesn't appear that a redshirt is a part of any immediate plans.  If it is, it's probably more of a fallback.

Coach Saban said they are working with Jackson a lot.  If you follow Coach's pressers, you'll remember his comment about "investing time" in a QB.  The No. 2 spot is not locked up by any means, so there's a playoff at No. 3 and the winner takes on No. 2.

Star is an elite level prospect and is undoubtedly Bama's first Elite 11 QB.  I expect a guy of his character (yes, even four-star players can have character) and obvious talent to step forward sooner rather than later.

Obviously, the hope is that JP Wilson has a ridiculously great year.  Those that know me know I've already started building the JP Wilson bandwagon from scratch.

The thing is, somebody will have to get ready for next season—and the fight for that job will probably take place during this season.

Star's time will come soon enough, but I just thought Bama fans would want to know more about the kid who is destined to be his own name.