Ellenwood, Ga.--Auburn continued its impressive December recruiting haul on Thursday when big-time defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson chose the Tigers over Ohio State, Georgia, Florida and dozens of other schools at a ceremony at Cedar Grove High. Rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 97 player overall in the country by Scout, Jackson’s commitment is just what the doctor ordered for an Auburn team needing immediate help on the defensive line.
Expected to sign immediately and enroll at Auburn in January, Jackson joins forces with Marlon Davidson and junior college standout Paul James to give the Tigers three defensive linemen that will go through spring practice and have a chance to play right away next season.
Taking a final look at Auburn last weekend on his official visit to the Plains, Jackson said that sealed the deal for him because it allowed his family to get to know the Auburn coaches. It was also a chance for his mom to see Auburn and get a feel for the coaches, campus and university. That was a big step for Auburn in his mind.
“It went great,” Jackson said. “It was my last official of the year. It was great meeting Coach (Rodney) Garner’s family, meeting everyone’s family.
“I have known Auburn for a long time and been there so many times,” he added. “I learn something different every time I’m there and I just enjoyed myself.”
In his last two seasons Jackson had more than 60 tackles for losses with 50 of those coming as a senior. Jackson’s decision is the 18th commitment for Auburn in the 2016 class.
“Antwuan is a big, strong defensive tackle who is tough to move. He really owns his ground playing with a low center of gravity. He has great strength and a high motor. Can be very disruptive at the point of attack and he is a player I see playing immediately on the next level.”
What It Means For Auburn:
Jackson is a talented defensive lineman that should have an immediate impact at one of the biggest positions of need for the Tigers heading into 2016. With Montravius Adams contemplating the NFL, Auburn could be in a bind at defensive tackle next year with just Maurice Swain, Dontavius Russell and Devaroe Lawrence the only true tackles with experience on the roster. Undersized Andrew Williams played some snaps there this year and you also have Jauntavius Johnson that redshirted this year, but that’s it at the tackle position for the Tigers.
With the size and athleticism to play early in his career, Jackson is a huge get for the Tigers and Rodney Garner. Enrolling early and going through spring practice, the four-star prospect could have a big role right out of the gate when Clemson comes to Auburn in the season opener next fall.