Position: Defensive Line
Ht/Wt: 6-foot-5, 230 pounds
Projected 2012 Status: Redshirt
Early Evaluation: "Allen is another one of the guys in which we saw a tremendous athlete getting better and better. He came to our camp and was one of the best players we saw during that period. He's a basketball player as well and has been very good in every other sport he's attempted. He's explosive, strong, and very fast." - Rick Petri
Expectations Early On: "We think he's going to be a very big factor on our line as his career progresses. He's got all the tools and, to be blunt, he can play. He's going to get bigger while he's here, but at 6-foot-5, he's got the size and frame to be a big time player for us." - Rick Petri
On what makes an ideal defensive end: "In my opinion we want the taller guys on the outside of the line. We like our class because we've gotten taller guys who are quick. They can really put pressure on the opposing offensive tackles. We don't mind having shorter guys on the inside because they can force the offensive line to be forced to bend a bit, which can be an advantage for the shorter, stouter, players.
Duke was the first program to offer and it has, apparently, paid off.
"I actually talked to Coach Roper a lot and he said it would be good for me to hear what Coach Cutcliffe had to say directly. So I visited for their junior day and had a chance to talk with Coach Cut. I was excited to have a chance to speak with him and listen to his pitch and vision for me."
And what was it that Cutcliffe saw in Jackson's future? This is what he told TDD following that first trip to Durham:
"He mainly talked about the chance I would have to come in and compete for early playing time and how much they are working and investing in the program. Hiring new coaches and buildings new facilities is only part of it. Coach Cutcliffe isn't interested in just being competitive, he wants to start qualifying for bowl games and eventually becoming a national contender."