2016 Husker Profile: Lamar Jackson

It's never too early to start previewing the 2016 season. Today we look at Nebraska true freshman defensive back Lamar Jackson.

LAMAR JACKSON

Position: CB/DB 

Height/Weight: 6-foot-2 / 210-pounds 

High School: Franklin high school (Cali.)

Year: True Freshman

2015 review:

Jackson saw action at quarterback, throwing for 544 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 664 yards and nine touchdowns, including a 97-yard scoring scamper. On defense, Jackson made 28 tackles and had a pass breakup as teams often avoided him in the passing game.

Jackson was a first-team all-state pick in California by USA Today, and was a first-team Sacramento All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee.

2016 preview:

The four-star prospect might not be an early enrollee, but Jackson has the talent to do enough during the summer months and in fall camp to not redshirt in 2016.

“Physically, Lamar is ready,” said Nebraska head coach Mike Riley.  “My general bit of advice is, ‘Come here ready to play. Get yourself ready to play and compete in the games. Don’t come ready to redshirt. Get yourself ready to go and let’s see where it takes us.’ A guy like Lamar, with his size right now and his development, he’s got that opportunity.”

Currently Nebraska is rolling with redshirt freshman Eric Lee and junior Boaz Joseph as the second-team corners. Jackson might have the ability to push Joseph out. 

Jackson is also willing to play NICKEL to see the field.

Scout.com projection:

Jackson is a big, physical safety who can run and hit. You don't see many safeties with his size any more and some feel Jackson will have to move to outside 'backer in college. While he does have the frame to do so if needed, Jackson moves around well enough and has the short area quickness to stay at safety and be very affective. He's strong in coverage and has actually played a ton of corner throughout his high school career. He moves well in space, shows a smooth backpedal and breaks well on the ball. He also has good ball skills and can get his hands on the football and make plays. With his range in coverage and ability to run down field and be physical in the run game, we think Jackson has a chance to see the field early and often at the next level.

How he ended up in Lincoln:

A Scout.com Top 150 player, Jackson picked Nebraska over offers from across the country that included: UCLA, USC, Boise State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon and others. A projected safety on Scout, Nebraska sold Jackson on an opportunity to play corner early in his career.

Jackson took three official visits, including a trip to Lincoln in November. 

"Unreal," said Jackson, who saw the Huskers beat Michigan State.  "They fight for their team and their fans.  People would come up to me in the stadium and thank me for coming.  That stadium is sold out every week.  It's a great environment.  That fan base is really strong and I really felt it. The community was big there."

Jackson took his decision almost to National Signing Day, announcing his school via a Bleacher Report Video. 


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