Signee: DE Jamaal Jackson

'Cats surprise some with the signing of Jamaal Jackson from Cordele (Ga.)

Jamaal Jackson
, Linebacker/Defensive Lineman,
6-4, 220, Fr-HS,
Cordele, Ga. (Crisp County)

Athletic defensive lineman was the Satilla Area Defensive Player of the Year (South Georgia area) … A two-year starter at Crisp County HS in Cordele, Ga., playing defensive end, linebacker, and safety during his career … Began his high-school career as a basketball player, then added football his junior year … First-team All-Southwest Georgia as a senior when he notched 84 tackles, including 20 tackles for loss and 14 quarterback sacks … Also first-team all-area and all-region and was honorable-mention all-state … Selected for the Georgia North-South All-Star game and played for the winning South team … Second-team all-region as a junior … Coached by Clay Hill … "Jamaal is one of the best athletes I've ever coached," Hill said. "He's a great athlete who runs in the 4.5 range consistently. In pass coverage, we matched him up on wide receivers and he ran with them. He's pretty special, and he had to play catch-up since he didn't begin football until his junior season, so I think his best football is ahead of him." … Also a noteworthy performer on the basketball court, where he will be a four-year letterman … A second-team all-region pick as a sophomore and junior … Helped lead team to the state tournament his junior year … A DARE role model at his school … Decided on Kentucky over Clemson and Troy.

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