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Signing Day Spotlight: Kenyon Jackson

The letter is in for Little Rock (AR) Parkview Magnet DT Kenyon Jackson. Here's a closer look at the new Illini signee.

Commitment Date: 7/27/2015

Twitter Handle: @kenyonjackson55

Why Illinois?

"Because I believe that the school is heading in a great direction.  Coach Phair is an experienced coach and knows what he is doing.  The people at Illinois are just great people overall.  I feel like it's a great fit because I fit great in the scheme.  I'm looking forward to the great education opportunities and environment.  And also the involvement I'll have in the play of my team and with my teammates."


Jackson is a bull of a defensive tackle who predicates his game on power.  He will need to add a more diverse set of moves to his skill repertoire once he gets to college, as he will no longer be able to simply overpower his opponents.  

In a lot of ways, Jackson is similar to Minnesota DT Steven Richardson, a somewhat short but productive defensive tackle who could contribute early in his career.  If Jackson is able to take care of business in the weight room and add more consistent explosiveness and agility, he could crack the tackle rotation early in his career.


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