After a monster day yesterday in recruiting, Texas Tech keeps the momentum going by adding Darreon Jackson, a 3-star S from Derby, Kansas. He becomes the 16th commit of the 2015 class and just the 2nd DB commit (with Christian Taylor committing yesterday). Here is my review on Jackson from November:
Darreon Jackson - Safety (Derby HS, Derby, KS)
Height Weight 40 time Shuttle Vertical Power Throw Bench Squat 6'1" 190 lbs 4.48 4.31 36" 35.5' 263 lbs 501 lbs
Ratings: 83 by 247 / 73 by ESPN / 5.5 by Rivals / 2-star by Scout
Interest: Kansas State (Warm), Kansas (Warm), Boise State (Warm), Texas Tech (Warm)
Darreon Jackson was offered by the Red Raiders this past week, receiving his 10th offer. Tech doesn't have any DBs in the 2015 class, so they're trying to find some bodies to fill their needs. One position they could use depth at is at Safety, with some 2014 commits not on the team anymore and others not completely healthy. I don't know a whole lot about Jackson, but I do know he visited Kansas in September and is really interested in both Kansas and Kansas State. He told 247sports that he plans to cut his list soon, but there are four teams that they currently have on top; Kansas, Kansas State, Boise State and Texas Tech. Jackson is currently being recruited by Matt Brock. Let's take a look now at what Darreon Jackson can on the field. What I like about Darreon is his ball hawking ability. He has a knack for the football and can make plays when needed. You see him in the film picking off balls and running them back for TDs, along with returning Kick-offs for TDs as well. Tech hasn't really done a whole lot in the return game this year, so having another returner could benefit Texas Tech. He also never gives up on the play, chasing down ball carriers even after it looks like he's long out of the equation. Darreon also has a nice form tackle, which has a problem a lot for the defensive this year. Despite his low rating on some sites, I think he would be a nice guy to add to the class. He also a lot of skill and potential and could turn into a great player with the right coaching.
Darreon Jackson first appeared on Tech's radar in early November when Matt Brock went to visit him. Later that month, he received an offer from the Red Raiders, his 10th one. He named Kansas, Kansas State, Boise State and Texas Tech in his Top 4 in December, and then just before he decided today, said it was between Boise State and Texas Tech. As for visits, he took a visit to Boise State just this past weekend and was planning to visit Texas Tech next month. However, it looks like he decided that the right time to commit was now, shutting down his recruitment and committing to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He gives Tech it's 2nd DB commit and Matt Brock his first commitment all together.
As for his film, here's what Darreon Jackson brings to Texas Tech. Jackson is a ball hawking safety that is good at locating the ball and creating big plays for the defense. There were several plays where Jackson was able to find the ball, get it at it's high point and take it back to the house or a considerable distance. He also has the size to knock down balls as well. Not only Jackson a good safety, but he also did great when returning punts. He has explosive speed and good vision, allowing him to navigate his way through the defense and find his way to the endzone. Finally, Jackson has a ton of athletic ability. He has good speed, a good vertical, and a lot of power, giving him a ton of room to grow into a good player. Darreon Jackson is a nice pick-up for the Red Raiders.