Duke Jumps In With South's Best OL Prospect

With a new commitment to developing a high octane offense, the Blue Devils find themselves in need of more top shelf talent on the offensive line. With that in mind, head coach Ted Roof and the Duke coaching staff have begun making a few players top priorities. The latest name to emerge is none other than the South's top lineman prospect.

"My top five are Georgia, Duke, Maryland, Kentucky, and Georgia Tech," says 6-foot-7, 265 pound Tri-County High School standout Charles Jackson. "Right now I'd have to say Georgia is leading."

The early favorite status enjoyed by the Bulldogs is understandable as they usually prove tough to beat for the top talent in the Peach State. Of course it doesn't hurt that they've been on him since he was in 9th grade.

Still, despite the seemingly up hill battle for Jackson's services, the Blue Devils are making a charge with a pitch of immediate impact status and the opportunity to get a top notch education, something that appeals to Jackson and his 90.44/100 GPA, and an already qualified SAT score.

His size allows Jackson to also excel on the basketball court where he's a solid power forward who averaged 18 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks per game. In fact his hoops career will prevent him from camping early this year as he has a prior commitment with his Georgia Hawks AAU squad. Heading down to the wire it seems that basketball may play a big part here.

"I'm going to play both sports the first year or two and see how it goes. Georgia has already talked to me about playing basketball in college."

When quizzed for an evaluation of Jackson, TheInsiders.com experts responded with the following take:

"Plays tight end in high school, but will be one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the south. Huge frame with long arms, moves extremely well with his tight end background. Unlimited potential as a college lineman."

That evaluation is something Jackson agrees with, though he has his own additions as well.

"I've got great hands and pretty quick feet. I'm a good receiver and use a good balance of quickness and power. I want to improve my agility and I got to get more leg strength. That would really help my explosiveness and leverage."


#88 TE/DE Charles Jackson

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