Spain Park High (Ala) standout cornerback Michael Jackson committed to the Hurricanes on Wednesday.
What to like: At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Jackson already has ideal size to play cornerback at the major college level. He provides good strength and a physical style of play. He has the necessary size and speed to match up against bigger receivers at this level and that will likely translate to the college game. He has tremendous leaping ability, especially for someone his size. Opposing receivers won't be able to outjump him for balls in the air too often. He also shows good pure cover skills. He also returns kicks for his high school team. He shows the ability to change directions nicely as well, especially for someone his size.
What may concern you: Jackson lacks ideal speed and that's one of the first things that jumps out at you. He's not going to be able to turn and run with speedy receivers at the prep level. While he has decent ball skills, he does not play on the offensive side of the ball in high school and isn't a major threat in the return game. He often relies purely on his size and pure cover skills in high school and will need to become more technically sound to make the transition to playing in college. He's not a real natural at the position.
Bottom Line: Jackson became a Division 1 prospect in the spring when he started getting those types of offers. He came to Miami's summer camp back in June and earned an offer based on his performance so it's encouraging that Miami's coaches have already seen and worked with him up close and personal. His other BCS offers are from Nebraska, Minnesota, and Cincinnati so he was being recruited like a mid-range three-star prospect. While in-state schools Auburn and Alabama evaluated him, they never got serious about recruiting him. Jackson becomes the first cornerback in Miami's 2015 class and their second defensive back (joining safety Jaquan Johnson). The Canes are still seriously in the mix with four-star cornerback prospects like Tim Irvin and Marcus Lewis as well.