Texas A&M might not have played very good defense the last couple of seasons, but I don’t think that is going to be a lasting trend the way they have recruited defensive studs the last few years. Mark Jackson is just the latest talented addition to their front seven.
The SEC is a line of scrimmage league and Jackson can make an impact behind the line with his awesome athleticism for the Aggies.
He is a twitchy athlete with explosive movement. He’s one of the faster players at the position in this recruiting class. There is a little worry about his size and how big he can get. I’m not sure how much he can carry on his frame, but hopefully should be able to get into the 250 range. His length appears to match up greater than how tall he is.
It all starts with how Jackson can get off the ball. His flashes an awesome first step and that is how it will have to be for him to hold up against a lot bigger players at the point of attack. He shows he can set the edge and deliver a solid punch. One bad habit that I noticed that he’ll have to fix, though, is a little hitch he sometimes does before his first step. That will have him get wrecked off the ball if that continues. It should be something he can get rid of easily and may be as simple as developing more consistency with his stance.
Where that explosive first step really helps is off the edge rushing the passer. He is a serious threat because he will force offensive tackles to get vertical in a hurry and can bend and wrap to get the quarterback.
He shows a good natural lean, but needs to develop his hands better. That’s a pretty normal thing for every player at the prep level. He shows the ability to convert speed to power and might be the best speed rusher in this entire recruiting class.
He is the perfect kind of athlete to rush off the edge and should be a great fit in A&M’s defense.
At the very least, Jackson has the potential to be great nickel pass rusher and is the kind of athlete that could end up making quite a few plays in the opposing backfield versus the run as well. He has the ability to contribute as a pass rusher for multiple seasons.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).