Amarillo defensive lineman Ivory Jackson was all over the field Friday night in the Sandies' heartbreaking 27-24 loss to Wichita Falls Rider on the final play of the game.
Jackson, a Texas Tech commit, tallied two sacks on key third-down plays, four tackles for loss and 10-plus tackles. To make his effort even more impressive, it was obvious Rider wanted no part of Jackson and tried to scheme around him by running plays to the opposite side of the formation he was lined up at.
Jackson was quick off the ball, surprising quick at 275 pounds, used an effective swim move, showed an instinct to sniff out plays immediately and on at least two occasions he chased down the ball carrier 15 yards down the field.
In fact, Jackson's performance Friday night was impressive enough to bump him from a two to a three-star prospect and he is not rated as the No. 12 defensive tackle in Texas.
Though Jackson has been to Tech games in the past, he said Friday it had been awhile, though he plans to change that by visiting for Texas Tech's season opener against Sam Houston State on Saturday.