Jackson gets a taste of the future

Garland linebacker Tevin Jackson was one of 17 Texas commits on hand Sunday for the first Longhorn mini-camp. The camp was a chance for the 6-2, 220-pound linebacker to work with defensive coordinator and linebacker coach Will Muschamp. Burnt Orange Beat caught up with Jackson to discuss his experience.

Garland linebacker Tevin Jackson used the Longhorns mini-camp on June 7 to get a taste of the future playing under the direction of defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

As expected, Jackson enjoyed the camp and the work he got to put in with his future coach.

"It was a good camp," said Jackson. "I got to see the rest of the commits and talk with them. It was a fun time. Coach Muschamp coaches us in drills. It was a good experience to get a taste of what I can expect down there. He was fired up the whole time - hyped up."

In drills the 6-2, 220-pounder with 4.6 speed enjoyed the chance to work on his coverage skills. Covering the tight ends and running backs was the task at hand and Jackson says he fared well.

"We really worked on coverage a lot. We covered the tight ends and running backs. We did some one on one's. I felt that I did well running with the tight ends and backs. I locked them down," Jackson said.

In between reps, the latest in a long line of big time defenders out of Garland High, got the chance to watch Marshall's Aaron Franklin and future teammate Aaron Benson. He says both performed well.

"Aaron Franklin was good. He covered well. It's fun to watch other guys and compare them to you. He's a good player. Aaron Benson is a good player too. We all got along. I get along with all of the commits and stay in touch with them. Obviously, AP (Adrian Phillips) the most, but I've been trying to keep in touch with all of the guys," Jackson said.

With the camp behind him, Jackson is now focused on continued improvement in technique and coverage as well as getting bigger, stronger and faster.

"I'm going to be in the weight room working to get bigger and stronger. On the field, I'm going to be working on technique and covering. I play 7-on-7 too when we have games," Jackson said.

Jackson was a first team All-District performer in 2008 totaling 94 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 7 sacks.

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