If you went into the Thursday night game at Tully Stadium with an unbiased eye, there would have been a couple of things that you would notice. And likely the main point that you would share with someone would be the question as to wanting to know who is that kid where No. 5 for the team in white.
That’s because if you watched the game, as a casual fan or a scout, you would readily knew that Alief Elsik linebacker Dontavious Jackson was, without question, the best athlete on the field in 37-14 win over Stratford on Thursday.
“I’m feeling good. It feels good to get this win over a team that went five rounds in the playoffs last year,” Jackson said.
By half way through the first quarter, it did not look like the better team was the home squad. Elsik came out with tough defense and a ground game that gained over 300 yards in the road win.
As for the 6-foot-3, 231-pound Jackson, he was the leader for this defense logging 122 tackles in a winning effort. He was constantly around the ball and there were not many instances where he did not have a hand in making or forcing the stop.
“It’s just natural. Once I see that ball I just flow to it,” Jackson said.
That showed as well. And with a talent like four-star 2016 athlete Jackson, there’s no secret to what he brings to the table as plenty of coaches have him high on the priority list. He already has offers from Louisville, Oklahoma State, Louisiana Tech and Houston, but several more schools are in pursuit.
And at the right time, he will be sure to pay a visit to him, once he gets a few things in order.
“I don’t have any planned (game visits) right now because of transportation, but I do plan to get to some before the end of the season. Texas, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma are the schools I plan to get out to for sure,” Jackson said.
With his game performance, Jackson felt as though he had a good game. But at the same time, had some healthy criticism about his performance as well.
“Coaches will see my tap from this game and see that I like to fly, but they will also see that I need to work on a couple of things,” Jackson said. “I need to work on my pursuit when I am going under blocks, taking on blocks and wrapping up.”