George County’s McKinnley Jackson down on Ole Miss


As for in-state recruiting, it remains to be seen how the Kiffin hire affects the class of 2020.

As of Thursday, the state’s top recruit in George County Defensive Tackle McKinnley Jackson still wasn’t happy about the firing of Gulfport native Matt Luke. “Yeah, especially with Coach Luke getting fired it really hurts the chances of Ole Miss. Coach Luke was a really good guy, especially with that program and just people around the school. I really loved that guy. He’s just like me, small town country boy. I can really relate to him. But with him being fired, it really hurts their chances.”

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A four-star recruit, according to 24/7 Sports, Jackson’s top five also includes Alabama, Auburn, LSU, and Texas A&M.

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