Commitment Analysis: Tre Jackson

University Lab (Baton Rouge) 2016 cornerback Tre Jackson committed to the Florida Gators on Friday. Read on for a closer look at the sophomore from Louisiana...

In early June, Tre Jackson received an offer from Florida and he pulled the trigger Friday with a commitment to Will Muschamp and the Gators.

"Tre's cover skills are second to none," said a University Lab ('U-High') insider who has close daily involvement with the program. "He did a good job at UL and LSU camps. They were targeting him at LSU (during the elite opportunity period of one-on-one's) but he fought back.

"He's going to be a major factor for us this year. I've watched him develop and if he isn't one of the top DBs in the nation in a couple of years then something is wrong."

Last year Jackson played both sides of the ball on U-High's freshman team, lining up at receiver on offense where he showed good hands out of the slot.

One of the first defensive clips on his highlight film shows Jackson breaking up a fourth down pass. Another clip has him on offense again, where he nearly loses his footing at the snap but recovers, makes the catch, puts his head down and converts a fourth down to keep the drive alive.

He's very willing to block as a receiver on run plays and sticks to his man through the whistle. Jackson has good instincts as evidenced by his ability to quickly adjust to a batted ball (and come away with the interception).

His toughness is on display on a speed sweep where he takes the ball around left end for a sizable chunk of real estate and doesn't opt to go out of bounds in the face of imminent contact.

With Jackson, Malik Antoine (2016 DB) and Dylan Moses (2017 RB/LB) all at U-High for years to come, it's quite possible that the Cubs could crash the national rankings at some point. In fact, U-High could challenge defending national champ John Curtis Christian for the 2013 state title.

His father, Jack Jackson, is a household name at Florida after a terrific career at wide receiver.


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