Joseph Jackson and Jonathan Garvin

Joseph Jackson and Jonathan Garvin

Peter Ariz
With Ahmmon Richards receiving a ton of attention on the offensive side of the ball for his accomplishments in his first season as a Hurricane, freshman defensive end Joseph Jackson has been equally as impressive as a pass rusher. He leads the team with 7.5 sacks and Miami expects his role to blossom during the spring and heading into next season.

I see a lot of similarities between Jackson and 2017 commit Jonathan Garvin as prospects coming out of high school -- their physical traits seem to be nearly identical. Words such as "length" and "twitch" were used to describe Jackson, with pundits saying he might be "too raw" to make an impact right away.

247sports listed Jackson at 6-4, 229 pounds coming out of Gulliver, and he is now listed at 6-5, 245 pounds on Miami's official roster. 247sports currently lists Garvin at 6-3.5, 222 pounds. Not only do both have the size that most coaches look for in the modern elite pass rusher, but their ability to move like a much smaller defender is what makes them special.

One major advantage that Garvin will have -- he enrolls at Miami in January. Jackson's flashy freshman season is all that more amazing when you consider that he did not get to UM until mid-May, meaning he was not involved in the team's offseason weight room program. If Jackson was able to gain 15 pounds that easily, then imagine what Garvin might be able to do with more time under coaches' supervision and seemingly an identical frame. An even more intriguing factor with the two is their age. Jackson enrolled at Miami at 19 years 4 months old, while Garvin will be almost two full years younger than Jackson at the time of enrollment -- 17 years 6 months.

Looking at the high school production for each, Garvin's senior season was utter domination -- recording a school record 18 sacks along with 97 total tackles. His 12-minute highlight tape is a spectacle to watch as he chases down and engulfs opponents play-after-play. Jackson had solid output his senior year at Gulliver with 6 sacks and 46 tackles. Although his highlights are not as lengthy as Garvin's, you can definitely see the flashes of physical prowess that he possessed.

It is also important to note that Jackson played at the 3A classification, while Garvin is at the 8A level. In his short time at Miami, defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski has proven that he is the most valuable position coach on staff and I'm excited to see what he can do with Garvin. This goes without saying that D.J. Johnson is an absolutely elite prospect in this class as well.

Jackson's senior season highlights:

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Garvin's senior season highlights:

[HUDL]video/3/4445847/583df4795b3cb1172419aed2[/HUDL]
 

Comments (75)

Jesus, he's still raw too.. Wait until Coach Kool teach him the technique. Yea, once the First round picks start rolling in, and it's probably going to happen next year, We're going to get any DL we want in South Florida, and in the country.

Oh my god, between Jackson, Johnson, and Garvin, They're going to eat so much. That's a hell of a nucleus.
 
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Damn, 17 years old. That kid is ridiculous.
 
Savage to say the least
 
I like Garvin. Just me, but I don't see Jackson, though.
 
Garvin is 6'4.5. There are two different players skill set wise. Garvin just wrecks havoc.
 
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I checked Garvin against some current top Florida lists and am pretty blown away as to how low they have them. Either they haven't accounted for his monstrous senior year, or they need to fire their personnel. How is he NOT a top 20 guy in the state?
 
Jackson and Thomas should be the starters next year. Djack, Garvin, and Johnson will be one hell of a rotation.
 
Most underrated recruit in the state maybe the country according to his film vs rankings. His raw tools + coach Kul = first round draft pick
 
We're starting to slowly accumulate old school canes. These kids are PROUD to flash that U. These kids play pissed off!
 
Great coaches like raw players.
 
I checked Garvin against some current top Florida lists and am pretty blown away as to how low they have them. Either they haven't accounted for his monstrous senior year, or they need to fire their personnel. How is he NOT a top 20 guy in the state?
100%. An 18-sack season at the 8A level in S. Florida with those measurable? I just don't get how this kid isn't a 5-star and invited to every all-star game in the country.
 
18 Sacks is no light work. Nice write up homie!

Sounds like we could have 2-3 first round picks on our line for the next 2-3 years.
 
Why this kid is not rated higher is a crime
 
Can't remember the last surprise commit we got that excited me as much as Garvin.
 

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