"He's learned his trade."

From Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County, Texas comes Bryant Jackson, who his head coach, Greg Owens, calls a "natural athlete." "He's always been gifted athletically. He's played basketball, runs track, and football, and at 6-4, 185 he looks the part of a big-time player." Read more of this in-depth interview...


Bryant Jackson, however, didn't always look the part of one of the state's top recruits.
"That's been a real pleasure for us, watching Bryant grow from when he came in as a gangly freshman and he played OK for us, to where he's at now," said Owens. "He decided to get serious in the weight room, become a leader for us on the field, and work on the little things in his game to make himself a better player. He's learned his trade."

Owens believes Jackson came into his own as a junior, where he was named to All-Northeast Texas.

"That's when people started to take notice that he was going to be a special player," Owens said.

After a solid year and standing out at camps, both Texas and Texas A&M were in hot pursuit of Jackson's services. In late February, he decided to give his commitment to Texas.

"I just think he's always liked Texas," said Owens. "He told me, ‘if they offer me, I'm taking it'. So there was some deep down desire there Bryant had to attend Texas."

Owens said Bobby Kennedy and Will Muschamp were the two Texas coaches most heavily involved in Jackson's recruitment.

Jackson plays both wide receiver and cornerback for the Wildcats, as well as returning kicks and punts.

"He's our big dog, and we try to get him the football. We like for him to touch it a bunch.," Owens added.

Texas likes Jackson, however, to become part of their future secondary.

"He's a big corner, so we match him up with the other team's tallest receiver," said Owens. "What makes him a great defensive back is his speed, agility, quickness.

"Bryant's also an excellent cover man, who can be physical. I think he can add another 15 pounds to his frame and play at 200 and not lose much. What will help him see the field early at Texas are his great ball skills. Bryant has good instincts in anticipating where the ball is going and getting there fast."

Speed is something Bryant likes to showcase.

"He's competed in the long jump, triple jump, 300 meter hurdles," Owens said. "I asked him recently if he was still going to run track this year, and he said, 'Yes coach, I have goals to accomplish'."

Jackson's been running track since he was a sophomore.

Off the field Owens calls Jackson a 'good kid.'

"He's got a wonderful smile, great demeanor," Owens said. "He gets along well with all of his teammates. Bryant's just a real pleasant guy to be around."

Owens believes Jackson is fine in the classroom as well.

"I think he's good," he said. "Everything's on track for him to become eligible."

The Sulphur Springs Wildcats are off to a 5-2 start. Bryant has more than 300 receiving yards, and has been a leader on defense.

"He's a leader by example," says Owens. "When we need him to he'll get in his teammates faces and say "let's go!" But, the way he's always on time for practice, and how he's worked his butt off to be where he is has really left a strong impression on the other players."

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