It didn’t take long for Auburn’s Big Cat Weekend to produce a commitment.
Tight end Arshad Jackson from Lovejoy in Hampton, Ga., decided that he was committing to Auburn early Saturday afternoon.
“After I came the first time, and I came here again, it was a good feeling. Something told me it was the school for me,” Jackson said.
Jackson, 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, chose Auburn over more than a dozen offers including Clemson, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Tennessee, N.C. State and Virginia.
Auburn made Jackson a priority after after seeing him in-person this spring.
“They told me that they loved the way I get the ball -- my catching ability, my blocking ability, how I lead on the field, off the field, and that I’m a good guy to be around, too,” he said.
Jackson said talking to coaches Trooper Taylor and Jay Boulware has him excited about how he’ll be used in Auburn’s offense.
“They told me they were going to use me a lot,” he said. “They said they would be throwing the ball more, and the tight end will be in the formation more.”
Jackson visited Auburn along with his mother, stepdad and grandmother. He said he doesn’t plan to visit other schools this summer.
“I'm just going to the Auburn camp,” he said. “...This is my place right here.”
Jackson is Auburn’s 10th commitment for the 2013 class and first tight end. He’s also the fifth commitment from the state of Georgia.
Jackson is rated a 3-star and the nation’s No. 18 tight end by 247Sports. He had 10 receptions for 105 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.