For 2016 Alief Elsik inside linebacker, Dontavious Jackson, there is no shortage of scholarship offers.
“Its an honor for D1 schools like SMU to even be coming down to Houston and be interested in me,” Jackson said. “It’s a blessing.”
With 17 offers, it could be hard sorting through programs and deciding which one is the best fit. Although it helps, if you know what you are looking for.
“I want to take a look at their business or kinesiology program,” he says. “Those are the two field I’m considering majoring in,” the four-star linebacker said. “I also look at the programs roster and see where I fit in the depth chart. You know, where do I stack up? Can I come in and play right away or do I have to red-shirt? Who have they offered? Who has committed? Who is sticking around and who is leaving?”
So where do the Mustangs fit in all of this?
“I really can’t say, I don’t have a top 10 right now,” Jackson said. “I’m just enjoying the ride. I don’t pan on narrowing the schools down until maybe the spring.”
As we have seen time and time again, since June Jones left, the Chad Morris coaching staff has given SMU and advantage over other programs and at the very least made recruits seriously consider coming to the Hilltop.
We may be seeing a similar story unfold in the case of Jackson.
“It’s a great program; the coaching staff is really cool,” he said. “And I really have a great relationship with coach Van Malone. So we will see where it goes, and I’ll stay in contact with them.”
He undersold it at first, but he really does have a great relationship with Malone- and the bond they share is rather unique.
“When he was at Oklahoma St. he was on the coaching staff that gave me my first offer,” Jackson said. “When I went to visit, he and I instantly had a bond- we come from the same area and my coach actually coached him. So, we have that bond. Once I found out he was at SMU we talked about it and eventually he came to the school and talked to my coach. Then he offered me a scholarship.”
Again, Jackson holds 17 offers and will more than likely receive a bunch more. We’ll have to see if the uncertainty of a rebuilding program is overshadowed by his relationship with Malone.
Side Note: I asked him what he brought to the table and I absolutely loved his response: “Passion and leadership; on and off the field,” Jackson said. “If I’m walking, I’m talking. You are going to feel me, you are going to hear me, you are going to see what I bring to the table. Not just by what I say, but what I do, and how I approach things.”