Jackson has big game, look forward to Lincoln

I doubt many would argue that future Husker commit, Charles Jackson, was among the stars for the west team in today's U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The rangy and speedy DB certainly didn't hurt his stock for the future. I talked to him after his experience and what he thought of the game and the week as a whole.

Demetrius Hart cleaned up on the awards, but Charles Jackson showed at least on one play that his own speed could match Hart, step for step. On a play early in the third quarter of the all-star game, Hart broke down the left side and it looked like he was off to the end zone. But Jackson, who was joined by Christian French in tracking down Hart, came from across the field to help bring Hart down.

When asked if he thought he was going to be able to catch the speedy back, Jackson just laughed, saying "I'm not going to let anyone get away from me."

Jackson was also one of the primary players for the west team in punt returns. But his main duty was at corner, which he worked at all week. Early in the prep bowl game he had a pass defended in the end zone. But that was only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what Scout.com analysts saw from this future Husker all week.

"Look at the stat box and you will not see a lot of numbers for either of these guys, but they were amazing in coverage in the game and all week in practice," Scout.com analyst Greg Powers penned of Jackson and fellow corner Stefan McClure. "There were some talented players indeed on the offensive side of the ball.

McClure is already rated as the number two cover corner on the West Coast and Jackson is largely considered as one of the best in the Midlands and are members of the Scout 300, but both guys could see a rise in the rankings in the near future.

It is odd to have the top three guys on a top five list as corner prospects but the East only accounted for 90 yards of passing offense and the quarterbacks were not sacked all game. So in the end it is easy to see why."

As solid of a week as Jackson had, he still saw at least one thing he's going to work on in the future. "I'm just going to try and get a bit bigger. Everyone gets bigger at the next level," he said.

Jackson had a chance to talk to the Husker coaches the night before the game. And they wished him luck in the contest as well as caught up with him on how things were going up to that point. With the graduation of noted defensive backs like Prince Amukamara, who was named a first-team All-American as well as Eric Hagg, a stud at the safety/linebacker position, Jackson knows there is need for someone with his versatility and especially, speed.

But this week sees another tradition stand firm, and that is one commitment after another trying to change the mind of other players, as they try to add another All-American to their future team. Jackson laughed a bit when he talked about that, saying he was probably recruited by players from four or five different teams, including you know who.

"Yeah, he was just talking to me about it, but I told him that he is going where he wants to go and so am I. And I'm going to Nebraska," Jackson said of conversations with former Husker commit, Tevin Mitchel, who changed his mind and will be attending Arkansas. "Honestly, I have always known where I wanted to be. I had to make sure, but Nebraska has been my school for awhile.

"I just can't wait to get those papers signed and start thinking about the future."

Based on the analysis above, you can figure Jackson's stock will rise a bit, probably taking him into the top five. But at this point Jackson knows whatever it is, it won't matter once he gets to Lincoln. With so many key players graduating, he knows the competition will be thick, and he just wants to do the best to contribute however he can. "I have confidence in what I can do, and I'm willing to do the work. So, it's just about getting ready for the future," he said. "Coach Sanders has shown he can do some amazing things with guys in the secondary. I'm just excited to see what I can do."

In other news from the game, Tyler Moore, a commit as well as an early enrollee to Nebraska next week, said that he sprained his MCL on the third series of the game for the west team. But Moore said that after about a week he should be good to go.

Stay tuned to Big Red Report as we try to catch up with all the Husker participants from the game, and keep your eyes peeled as we keep counting the days down to Signing Day.


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