Haynesville (La.) 2015 linebacker Kendrick Jackson is the latest in a cascade of UA football commits from Louisiana, and Arizona’s national recruiting success hasn’t surprised the newest member of the recruiting class.
“They said they want to get as many good players as possible, and they would go anywhere in the country to get those players,” Jackson said. “It happens that there are a lot of really good players in my state.”
While many recruits commit on a visit to a prospective school, Jackson hasn’t traveled to Tucson yet.
“I know where I want to go," he said. "I really was sold by watching a bunch of YouTube clips and it really impressed me how they use their defenders and the different schemes they come up with. It was easy to see myself playing there.”
Jackson’s fate was sealed after a little push was applied by Coach Magee.
“Coach Magee is the man," Jackson said. "He said they love my ability and they want me to get in there as soon as possible. They know what I can do and it’s just a good fit.”
The middle linebacker must maintain his steady physical progression, but he has a skill set in stuffing the run that figures to translate well to Division-I football.
“I can read defenses really well and I have the first step quickness to be a problem," Jackson said.
"I can get past lineman in different ways. I need to get stronger but, even then, I’m still a good football player.”