Unsigned Sophomore: San Mateo SS Keene Jackson

If you asked a number of Northern California coaches who was the hardest hitting safety they played against all season, many would likely say San Mateo safety Keene Jackson. This may come as a surprise since Jackson only goes about 5-foot-6. But he put four receivers out of games during the course of the 2001 season with his bone-jarring hits. Now, he's looking to be recruited to the next level.

Keene Jackson
Strong Safety
College of San Mateo
5-6, 175-pounds
George Washington High School
San Francisco, California

San Mateo secondary coach Tim Tulloch on Keene Jackson:

"Keene Jackson is the hardest hitter I've coached and pound-for-pound the hardest hitter I've ever seen. He has a lot of Chuck Cecil in him. He has great footwork and technique and is a student of the game in his notetaking and filmwork. He also can run (4.54 forty) and has an excellent short shuttle time as well (4.01).  Due to his size and grades he must be a Division II athlete and will be an impact player at that level for whichever school signs him. He was the a huge reason why we led the state in interceptions. A lot of receivers were looking for #3 instead of for the ball which helped our interception totals. He can play free or strong safety and did both for us. He played a lot of deep half as well as deep middle and was a tenacious blitzer when we let him go. He was also the safety that we rolled down for our eight man fronts."

"That is the hardest hit that I've ever seen in my life in football."

-Santa Rosa Junior College's TV annoucer after Jackson's clean hit on SRJC receiver Robert Jackson knocked him unconscious for five minutes and put him out of the game.

For more information on Keene Jackson, contact San Mateo head coach Larry Owens at (650) 358-6771.

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