April 13, 2008

UAB Lands Guard From Nation's #2 Team

Tamir Jackson from St. Benedict's High, the number two team in the nation last season, made a verbal commitment to UAB for the 2009 recruiting class. Jackson a 6-2, 165 pound combo guard averaged 14 points, four assists and three steals for his New Jersey high school team last season.

Jackson, rated a three star recruit by Rivals first came in contact with UAB through and AAU tournament in Las Vegas. "That's where I first met Coach Marsh," he said. "I had not heard of UAB before that. I had heard of Coach Davis from his time at Indiana, but I didn't know about UAB."

Joining Jackson in the 2009 recruiting class is top five national recruit DeMarcus Cousins. Jackson admits playing with Cousins factored into his decision to come to UAB. "He's a great big man and I'm excited to get to play with a big man of his caliber."

Grades won't be an issue for Jackson he has a 3.6 GPA and scored 1220 on his SAT. He plans to major in either engineering or accounting at UAB. He entertained offers from Harvard and Penn from the Ivy League. Miami, South Carolina, St. John's, Rhode Island and Virginia Tech all offered Jackson as well. Jackson visited Miami and Maryland before making his decision.

"I wasn't too high on the recruiting thing. I got tired of worrying if the coach liked me or not," he said. "I chose UAB because I felt like they wanted me the most."

Jackson visited Birmingham last October for the opening weekend of practice for the 2007-08 season. "I knew then this is where I wanted to come. At first I was wondering what am I doing down here. But, everyone was so friendly I guess it was that southern hospitality. I really started to like it," he said.

UAB fans will be sure to shower Jackson with all the southern hospitality he wants when he brings his game to the deep south in 2009.

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