Position: Offensive Tackle
Location: The College of San Mateo (Calif.)
Weight: 315 pounds
Recruiting: UCLA was leading big for some time for Jackson but when Alabama offered him, it sounded like the Tide might pull this one out. Bruin OL Coach Adrian Klemm had established a strong relationship with Jackson and that proved too much to overcome.
What to Like: Jackson has everything you're looking for in a future college tackle. He has a massive frame but moves very well and shows great athleticism. He's a very physical player who understands how to finish his blocks and plays through the whistle. He's not only strong at the point of attack and can bury the defender in front of him, but he's quick and agile enough to get to the second level and make a block on a linebacker and even a safety down the field. He's technically sound and plays with knee bend and flexibility. There's a reason he's not only the top rated OL in the JC ranks but the top overall prospect, regardless of position.
What may be of concern: Jackson should have a seamless transition on the field. The biggest adjustment, as with a lot of JC players, will be in the classroom. He wasn't able to sign out of high school due to academics so the biggest adjustment for Jackson will be in the classroom, especially at a demanding academic school like UCLA.
Overall Analysis: Despite bringing in seven offensive linemen last year, with the Bruins lack of depth and top-end talent, this was still a position of need. Jackson is good enough to probably play and start for the Bruins right now. He's an instant impact player and has NFL talent and upside, he's that good. For the Bruins to land him over a host of high-major programs including the defending national champions shows the program has come a long way in a short time and further validates OL coach Adrian Klemm as one of the truly elite recruiters in the country.