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Southmoore's Jackson Stallings knows going to Yale is about more than football

Jackson Stallings didn't sign the same National Letter of Intent as some of the other SaberCats athletes on Wednesday, but the signing ceremony still meant plenty.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 7, 2013

“Jackson is a very determined young man,” Black said. “He's very ambitious; he's very mature for his age but very focused. He relates well with his peers, relates well with others and he's very goal oriented.”

Black got emotional watching not only Stallings but several other athletes in the class make their college decisions public.

“The best part of my job is to watch young people achieve their goals,” Black said. “I held it together all week, all day today but whenever all of our student-athletes were lined up and signing their letters, that's when I tear up a little.

“It's all tears of joy because I want all of the students to see these young men and women and know that they too can achieve their goals.”

Stallings spent several months deciding between Yale and Harvard.

Now that he's picked his side, he's especially looking forward to Nov. 23 when the Bulldogs meet Harvard at home.

“It's war now,” Stallings said. “Relatable down here, it's OU-Texas; It's OU-OSU.

“They call it The Game. It's one of the oldest established football games in the history of sports, so I'm definitely blessed to have the opportunity to play for them and go after an Ivy League title for four years.”