Jesuit TE/DL/LB Vincent Jackson, No. 17 in our HomeTeam 100 (see Nos. 11-20 here), has coaches and recruiters excited about his future.
2011 stats: 62 tackles, eight sacks, both second on team
The breakdown: If the Commodores were a female group, and wrote the smash hit Brick House, it would probably be about Vincent Jackson.
He’s a solid 6-3, 235 pounds without his pads on, and once he suits up he looks as immovable as a house.
Only a junior, Jackson has attracted the notice of colleges like Oklahoma, USC, Ohio State and Stanford, to name just a few of the 27 BCS schools that have offered him.
Last year, he caught two passes as a tight end, was credited with three pancake blocks and had sacks in seven games.
This year, Jackson will take on the linebacking position, among his usual spots, an addition coach James Harrell is excited about.
“He’s a big presence in the middle, he moves good and he can play inside or outside, we’ll move him around,’’ Harrell said.
The decision to move Jackson was simple: big athletic body, good speed and he doesn’t shy away from physical play, and while studying tape Harrell was impressed with how well Jackson played outside.
“He makes us better on defense from that position,’’ Harrell said.
Jackson is only 16. He is still learning the game. But colleges, and his head coach, are eager to see the finished product.
“He hasn’t reached his maximum potential yet,” Harrell said, “but he’s getting there.”