It was an impressive season for 2017 Broome High linebacker/safety D'Marco Jackson. One look at his season highlights and we knew instantly that he's one of the top sophomores in the state right now. That's why we had to catch up with him recently as he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
One game in particular Jackson says was his best this year and it jump started his recruitment so to say too.
"My best game was against Union County, I got player of week for Fox 21 News for outstanding game. I had 22 tackles with 15 solo tackles, a kick return for 97 yards, scored the game winning 2 point-conversion during overtime, and finished with 87 yards rushing. It was the game where Clemson came to and the day after Clemson was recruiting me."
So what other schools besides the Tigers are already showing interest in the 6'1 190 pound prospect and who else would he like to hear more from soon?
"So far I've heard from North Carolina, Citadel, Clemson, Furman, and South Carolina. I'd like to hear more from Wofford, Kentucky, UNC, Citadel, Clemson, Furman, South Carolina, Charlotte, East Carolina, Georgia,Georgia Tech, and NC State."
We asked Jackson to evaluate his own game at this point and he keyed on some current strengths and areas he'd like to improve on this off season to get better.
"I will say I have good speed, a good frame or body, and excellent football smarts."
"To get better I'd like to gain weight of course, but also increase my speed, quickness, explosiveness, and being even more physical."
The physicality the young sophomore possesses is what really opened our eyes when viewing his season highlights. Some players just have a knack for making big hits and Jackson is definitely one of those guys. Early on in the 2017 class Jackson and Lake Marion S/QB Davondre Robinson are arguably two of the fiercest hitters we've seen thus far.
Time will tell where Jackson ends up playing on the next level but he stated where he feels most comfortable and natural at currently.
"I will say linebacker, because I've got the physical mechanics and I’m a lot quicker on my reads as a linebacker with good footwork."
The plan right now is for him to camp with Clemson, the 2015 Football Skills Showcase in Spartanburg in April, and some other in-state camps.
Looking ahead to next season when he'll be a junior he talked about some of the goals he's set forth for himself and his team.
"I will need to step up and be an impact player, we lose a tremendous amount of talent on both sides of ball, and I've got be a big part of the rebuild. I hope to get my first offer soon."
Although just a sophomore Jackson is wise beyond his years when talking with him. A member of the Beta Club at Broome, Jackson talked at length about what factors he'll look at closest when choosing a college in a few years.
"When I first look at colleges I want to look into the education seeing the rate of graduation, but after that I'll look at the coaching staff to see how they treat the players and see how much love they give to them. I want to see their foundation of like who are the leaders of the team, and how they lead. I'll also be looking for an atmosphere where it feels like home with people who want to better themselves. I wouldn’t mind being red-shirted if that's what's going to help make me a better player on the college level."
Along with his Beta Club achievement Jackson earned All-County and All-State honors for his play on the football field.
We expect a lot more schools to start recruiting Jackson in the near future as his sophomore season highlights will continue to make the rounds, we'll feature it in another story this week so stay tuned. For now check out some testing numbers and fun facts with Jackson and also find out how to follow us on Twitter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...D'MARCO JACKSON
Bench press: 230 pounds
Squat: 425 pounds
Power clean: 240 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.7 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.3 seconds
FUN FACTS...D'MARCO JACKSON
Favorite subject in school: Biology
Favorite thing to do when not playing football: Bowling
Favorite food: Pizza/steak
Favorite music artist: John Legend
Favorite movie: Showtime
Dream date: in the Bahamas
Favorite football player: Ray Lewis
Dream school: Clemson
If I could meet any 2 people in the world it would be: Ray Lewis and Sammy Watkins
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