Kaden Jackson May Be Standout Lineman

Kaden Jackson has the makeup and ability to be a possible future blue-chip prospect. The 6-3, 265-pound Jackson is undersized right now for his future home, which will probably be defensive tackle, but he has the kind of frame to pack on more muscle. Right now the junior is helping Class 3A Kingfisher by playing both ways at right guard and splitting time on defense between tackle and end.

"I like defense a lot more," said Jackson over the phone. "I feel pretty good but there are so many things we have to work on and that we can continue to improve. We haven't reached our mark yet or played as well as we thought we would. We have to take that extra step to get to our goal."

The Yellow Jackets are 8-0 overall and 5-0 in district play with their most recent game a completely dominating 72-0 win over outmanned Bethel. They will play Newcastle this Friday on the road in the district championship showdown game.

Watching Jackson on tape, he is a very strong upper-body player that when on offense seems to floor defenders with his upper body strength. He blocks well on the move and they often use him to pull to the point of attack. He has 4.88 speed and a 300-pound bench press with a 470-pound squat. He is plenty strong.

On defense his quick feet often allow him to slip by slower linemen and he has made a number of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He also is pretty good at getting his arms and hands up to deflect passes.

"I feel good that I've done my part, but I could do more," said Jackson. "I get double-teamed and triple-teamed a lot and that is frustrating, but other guys can make those plays."

He is getting some recruiting attention. After attending camp at OSU this past summer he has been to several home games including the last one, a win over TCU.

"I thought it was awesome and I love going to the games at OSU," Jackson said enthusiastically. "Everybody is so into it and involved in the game and the facilities are amazing. I'm closer to the coaches there too."

He said he has also been to Midwestern State (NCAA Division II) in Wichita Falls, Texas, and just last Saturday made an unofficial visit to Kansas State after receiving an invitation.

"I liked it and they have a really good program," Jackson added on Kansas State. "They have good coaches and I enjoyed the game and the atmosphere. I would say it is pretty even (with OSU) right now."

Jackson said he grew up cheering for both OSU and OU and never developed a favorite between the two although now it is more OSU. But he is anxious to see what schools he hears from after taking care of business the rest of this season in Kingfisher.

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