Meet The New Devils 2016 - DB Javon Jackson

Get to know the newest Blue Devils as we go player-by-player in the recruiting class of 2016 with analysis, projections, videos, and more.

Recruiting Recap: Jackson was the final defensive back the coaches took in the class, and the manner in which his recruitment went down spoke volumes as to where Duke was sitting on both the recruiting trail and overall.

The illustration came from Coach Derek Jones, who spoke with Jackson on his last visit to Durham before committing.

“He is very direct. He said if they didn't take another defensive back he'd be satisfied, but he like me a lot and thinks I could be used a good bit in their defense. He also said Duke is a place where the football is good and you get a great education.”

Jackson picked Duke over offers from Cincinnati, East Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.

He committed on October 5th.

Projected Position: Safety

2016 Projection: Jackson will likely redshirt as the Blue Devils have a lot of young players in the defensive backfield. He’s going to add some more weight and strength before being assigned to one of the three safety positions. His best chance to play as a true freshman would be if he could factor into the return game. However, if Duke is healthy, then it’s most likely Jackson will spend 2016 on the shelf.

Quotable: “I think my strengths are being a good tackler who is willing to hit anything. I’ve also got good ball skills. Coach G pointed out that he liked how I run the alley and hit people…that’s what he liked the most about me.”

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