Mike's Take: New DE commit

The University of Miami landed a defensive end commitment today from a local player. Read on for an analysis on it from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

What to Like: Demetrius Jackson says he committed to the University of Miami today. The first thing that jumps out at you about Jackson is the ideal size he brings to the table. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Jackson has a big frame with long arms and seems like he'll have the ability to put on a lot of weight at the college level. He grew up a basketball player and brings a lot of agility and quickness to the table, especially for someone at his size playing defensive end. Jackson is just scratching the surface of his football skills and should only keep getting better and better as he continues to learn how to play the game. He does have some tools you can't teach, though, and that's always a major plus. It's also a plus anytime the Canes can land a player from one of the state's elite programs like Booker T. Washington, especially a year after two of the state's top prospects went elsewhere from the school.

What may concern you: Jackson has never played in a regular season game at the high school level. He grew up playing basketball, and just went out for football for the first time in the spring. He has very limited experience, and still has a lot to learn. He may have ideal size and athleticism and may have looked good in practice or workouts but you just don't know until he puts on the pads in the fall and has to play through an entire season. This is definitely a reach from that standpoint. He will also needs to add strength, especially to hold up against the run. Either way, Jackson seems like he's a few years away from being able to make a big contribution at the college level.

Bottom Line: Miami was the first BCS school to offer Jackson, something that has seemingly become a trend with this year's recruiting class. He becomes Miami's third defensive line commitment, joining tackles Courtel Jenkins and Dalvon Stuckey. Arkansas recruited Jackson but wasn't ready to accept his commitment recently. Players like Jackson usually become hit or miss. The size, the athleticism, and the ability to get much better on the field is a plus but you just don't know because of the experience factor. Will he even like football that much? Those things remain to be seen. Still, the Canes need defensive linemen badly in this class and Jackson brings some things to the table and becomes from an elite program, locally. It just makes you wonder why the Canes didn't wait until a few games into his senior season before offering him a scholarship.


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