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:
Garvin's senior season highlights: