JEFFERSON — Donte Jackson may be the most dynamic athlete LSU now has in the 2015 class.
He probably could’ve been a five-star prospect on the offensive side of the ball, but the Tigers love adding these types of athletes to the secondary, so his future is on defense. LSU has big expectations for Jackson, and he could be the next in DBU’s long line of impressive defensive backs.
Jackson did most of his damage in high school on offense. There weren’t many players in the country more dangerous with the ball in his hands. He often lined up at quarterback or in the backfield, taking advantage of his speed to leave inferior defenders in his dust.
That speed also showed out on the track, where he was one of the state’s top sprinters last spring. That athleticism should translate directly to the football field.
Jackson still has plenty of room to improve as a corner. He is raw on the defensive side of the ball, but his fluidity and speed should make him a top defensive back on the next level. He may need a year to crack the CB depth chart, so guys like Edward Paris and Kevin Toliver will likely see the field before him.
But Jackson can definitely have a major impact on special teams early in his career. He’s dangerous in the return game, and should compete for a spot on either punt or kick returns.
If LSU really wanted to get creative, the Tigers could even experiment with Jackson on offense. He’s just that big a weapon with the ball in his hands, similar to 2014 five-star Adoree Jackson, a former LSU target that played both ways at USC as a freshman.
That being said, Jackson’s future is at corner, and he could very well be another great one at LSU. He’s the fourth defensive back to join LSU’s 2015 class, making it one of the best in the country, with a pair of five-stars and two of the nation’s Top Five corners.
Here’s the official scouting on Jackson from national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons:
“Explosive athlete who has spent more time on offense than defense on the high school level. Burns up the track and plays football with similar speed. Great short-space quickness and can flip his hips to run with wide receivers. Still learning the position, so more raw coverage technique. Decent frame and can add good weight. Needs to get stronger at the line and become a better tackler. Weapon as a returner.”
LSU COMMITMENT IMPACT: Donte Jackson
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