Ellenwood, Ga.--Four-star defensive tackle prospect Antwuan Jackson has been a frequent visitor to Auburn over the last year and Saturday he was back on the Plains to check out the Tigers against Ole Miss. Seeing the defense become more aggressive with the return of Carl Lawson, Jackson said he’s seen some improvements from that side of the ball.
“I think the defensive line had more energy and made more plays,” Jackson said. “They just needed to make a couple more to win the ball game.
“I thought their defense did way better,” he added. “They’re still improving. The whole team still has to come together to make plays.”
With the need for defensive lineman the biggest area of concern in the 2016 class for Auburn and the loss of senior DaVonte Lambert and possible loss of Montravius Adams to the NFL, Jackson said the chance to play early is definitely something on his mind.
“It’s always been big for me,” Jackson said. “If I do go there I’m going to help the team out.”
Auburn already has four defensive line commitments in this class with one of them being a fellow four-star, Marlon Davidson. Jackson and Davidson have had the chance to cross paths several times over the last few months from camps to visits, something he said is important because it has allowed them to get to know each other better.
That could be important if Jackson chooses Auburn and both wind up on the same defensive line he said.
“I first talked to him in Atlanta,” Jackson said of Davidson. “We talked and encouraged each other to do better moves. I look forward to working with him in the future.”
With several visits planned in the coming weeks Jackson said he could possibly visit USC this coming weekend and could be back in Auburn for both the Georgia and Alabama games.