Jackson, a 6’4 250 pound defensive end from Boone High School in Orlando, Florida has a 90 rating (4-star) from the 247 Sports Composite List. He’s their 279th best player (18th best strongside defensive end and 40th best player in FL).
The versatile lineman, who’ll see some time inside, as well, and held offers from almost all the top programs nationally, including the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Miami (FL) Hurricanes, Ohio State Buckeyes, Oklahoma Sooners, and Texas A&M Aggies, among others, chose FSU because of his relationship with the staff:
Which coaches are you closest with at FSU and how often do they talk to you?
“Coach Adam Fuller and Coach Odell, and they talk to me at least every day.”
Did you hit it off with any coaches in particular?
“I like all of them. They are all cool people, [and] I enjoy interacting with them.”
When looking at his film, Coach AB liked Jackson’s ability to shed blockers:
A skill often overlooked by some is the ability to shed blockers. You can be explosive and have all of the moves in the world, but if you can’t get into an offensive lineman, hand fight, and shed, you’ll never be very good. We get a good shot of Jacksons ability to hand fight, gain leverage, and shed in the following clip. Jackson uses that first step, works his hands inside, bench presses and sheds the center. This is good technique, although he plays a little high (albeit for a player who hasn’t played much defensive tackle). What I really love is he’s finding and seeking the football at the same time: