D’Marco Jackson was on his way to an epic senior season, when a significant knee injury cut the campaign short. But, so impactful was his play to that point that Jackson remained as a finalist for South Carolina’s Mr. Football award, was named to the Carolinas Shrine Bowl team, USA Today South Carolina All-State, GoUpstate All-Area first-team, 3-A Upstate Back of the Year, and 3-A All-Region 3. Jackson spent the season playing at both running back and linebacker for Broome.
Jackson collected 78 total tackles, 16 for loss, with one sack, interception, and fumble recovery for the season. He also ran for 935 yards (155.8 per game) and seven touchdowns in just six games, and finished his career with 2,915 yards on the ground.
Jackson projects to inside linebacker for Appalachian, and is a tackling machine with a great nose for the ball. This is evidenced by his four-year, 39-game average of 10.0 tackles per game. Jackson is a fluid and aggressive athlete who gets north/south very quickly for the defense. He’s a sure and physical tackler who will be close to 100-percent when fall camp opens for App State in August. A year in the weight room will help to strengthen the knee and bulk him up, but he has a great broad frame.
RECRUITING COORDINATOR & COACH SCOT SLOAN ANALYSIS
D’MARCO JACKSON HIGHLIGHTS
KEY MOMENT: At 0:14, watch Jackson read the counter properly, quickly changing direction as the back cuts right, and then he gives you the FTC after the backfield tackle!.
APP STATE MANIA ANALYSIS
Jackson sees the field in front of him incredibly well, it’s his vision that puts him in the position to make so many plays. Once he’s identified the play he has the speed to cut it off and the power to end it on first contact. Obviously, he’ll have to rehab the knee and regain his confidence in that knee as he returns to the field, but Jackson is a true steal for App State at linebacker.