Checking Out Texas LB Dontavious Jackson

Aug. 25 -- We have a small primer on the upcoming season of the UCLA target, Texas linebacker Dontavious Jackson, and viewing possibilities...

LB Dontaviuos Jackson 
HT: 6-2
WT: 237
School: Houston (Tex.) Alief Elsik
****No. 3 Ranked ILB (No. 1 in Midlands)
Considering UCLA, Michigan, Florida State, TCU, Texas, Alabama, LSU



On the Field (From National Midlands Manager Greg Powers): Jackson is a true middle linebacker and brings to the table the skills you are looking for at the position. He's a pretty physical player and has good size to stand up to down to down punishment in the middle of a defense. He diagnoses the play quickly and is tough to block. He gets downhill quickly, showing great vertical quickness to get to ball carriers. He is at his best against the run. He runs through tackles and is a sure finisher.

Great Game Options: 
Friday 9/4 vs. Houston Stratford (7 p.m.)
Thursday, 10/1 at Fort Bend Hightower (6 p.m.)

Live Game Note: Jackson is easily a player who you know is a game changer within the first quarter. In a first look from Scout.com, the inside linebacker was early last season facing off against Stratford. Just based on stats, Jackson finished with 15 tackles. But eight those were in the first half, and half of those were in a single series. Against the run, he is money. He blows through blockers and closes on ball carriers a vengeance. Against the pass (which he knowingly acknowledges) is where his game can be improved. His reading of the pass and making plays in that department is one of the few weak spots in his game. 


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