Brennan Jackson

3-star DE was tempted to pull the trigger on WSU unofficial, Cougs at the top of his list

THREE-STAR defensive end prospect Brennan Jackson spent the last two days in Pullman checking out Washington State and the Cougs made a big impression.

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Brennan Jackson is one of the top defensive end prospects out West and brings a lot to the table as a prospect. 

He has a great frame at 6-4, 220 pounds with the frame to add plenty of size and strength. He moves well and has actually looked good playing outside linebacker during the 7v7 circuit showing the ability to move around in space and cover down the field.

At the next level, Jackson projects as an edge rusher who can get after the quarterback. He's a physical player who has a nice edge to his game and plays with a non-stop motor as well.

On the recruiting front, Jackson has already visited San Diego State and spent the last two days at Washington State.

"It was an absolute incredible experience, I had an amazing visit," Jackson said. "There was a definite urge to commit while I was out there but I'm not ready to do it just yet, I don't want to rush it. Saying that, Washington State is definitely my top choice and I loved it out there.

"The coaches are so genuine and really made me feel like they want me to be part of the team. The facilities were fantastic, I liked how the central location of the stadium and football building. It feels like the whole community is behind the football program and I love the small town college feel of the campus. It's a very tight knit community and everyone loves the Cougs."

Jackson said the coaching staff made a big impression on him.

"I spent the majority of my time with Coach Phelps and Coach Wilson," Jackson said. "They were both very welcoming and made me feel like part of the program already. I also got to spend time with Coach Grinch and we went over what my role would be in the defense. They see me as a rush end in their 3-4/4-3 scheme, primarily as a speed pass rusher.

"I also had some one on one time with Coach Leach last night after dinner and that was awesome. He's a great guy and made a point to let me know how much they want me there. The school is so unique, very different from the rest of the Pac-12 but I really loved it there."

As for why he's not quite ready to pull the trigger;

"Like I said, I just don't want to rush anything," Jackson said. "I want to make sure I see all my options first. Now I don't plan to drag it out and still want to commit before my senior year. Plus my dad wasn't able to make the visit, it was just me and my mom and I want him to be involved in the process.

"So hopefully later in the summer, I'll be able to visit again with my dad. At this point, I don't have any other visits set up. I still want to try and get out to Cal and UCLA at some point but I don't have a definitive date for either right now."

For now, it does sound like the Cougs set the high bar for every other college and are in a good spot for the talented pass rusher. 


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