Miami picked up a commitment
today from Michael Jackson, a defensive back out of Spain
Park in Birmingham, Alabama.
Jackson joins Jaquan Johnson as Miami’s second defensive
back commit but only their sixth on the defensive side of the ball.
can bring some things to the table as a corner. He has a nice frame at 6’ 1”
and 190 pounds. This solid size allows him to tackle well and deliver some
solid hits. He doesn’t have the greatest ball skills but he routinely beats
receivers for balls in the air. Spain River asks its corners to do similar things from
their corners as Miami
does: prevent the big play and make a sure tackle and he does these very well.
I don’t see Jackson playing
corner at Miami.
While he has good size he doesn’t have top end speed, which could leave him
exposed at the next level. In high school he plays a lot of zone and rarely
plays press coverage. This is probably has more to do with the design of the
defense than an indictment of his skills as he routinely plays off and cedes the
underneath route and comes up and makes the tackle, but either way he isn’t a
top notch man to man corner.
Finally, he doesn’t play offense or return kicks. Spain Park
is not a school with a lot of playmakers so it’s disappointing to see him not
making an impact on offense or at least returning kicks.
Again, I think Jackson plays
safety here but even at that position, I don’t see him being a big time
playmaker at Miami.
He camped at Miami in the summer and the coaches
offered him then, which means they had to like what he did, but his tape just
doesn’t have many plays that pop where he is the best player on the field,
which is worrisome coming from a small school like Spain River.
Combine his film with the fact that he’s from Alabama and has zero SEC offers,
and only two Power 5 offers, Nebraska and Minnesota, the coaches appear to be taking
a gamble on him.
Finally, the timing of this commitment is head scratching to
say the least. Miami
has a bunch of talented defensive backs in their backyard, such as Davante
Davis and Tim Irvin among others. It would be very disappointing if the Canes
coaches were passing up on talented players from their backyard for less
talented out of state guys because they will play in their system. Only time
will tell but let’s hope that’s not the case.
Miami 2015 Commitment
WR Terrell Chatman, 6’4”, 185 lbs, Central HS, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
OL Geron Christian, 6’4”, 305 lbs, Trinity Catholic HS, Ocala, Florida
DT Ryan Fines, 6’3”, 290 lbs, IMG
Academy, Bradenton, Florida
OL Tyler Gauthier, 6’5”, 305 lbs, Venice
HS, Venice, Florida
LB Jamie Gordinier, 6’4”, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank, New Jersey
WR Therrell Gosier, 6’6”, 201 lbs, Blanche Ely, Pompano Beach, Florida
DB Michael Jackson, 6’1”, 190 lbs, Spain
Park, Birmingham, Alabama
QB Dwayne Lawson, 6’6”, 215 lbs, Hillsborough HS, Tampa, Florida
OL Brendan Loftus, 6’6”, Godby HS, Tallahassee, Florida
OL Hayden Mahoney, 6’5”, 270 lbs, Malvern Prep, Malvern, Pennsylvania
DE Richard McIntosh, Jr., 6’4”, 235 lbs, Cardinal Gibbons,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
OL Bar Milo, 6’5”, 277 lbs, Chaminade HS, West Hills, California
DE Scott Patchan, 6’6”, 238 lbs, IMG
Academy, Bradenton, Florida
LB Charles Perry, 6’2”, 200 lbs, Royal Palm Beach, West Palm
RB Jordan Scarlett, 5’11”, 205 lbs, St. Thomas Aquinas HS, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
WR Emonee Spence, 6’2”, 178 lbs, Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, Florida OL Tyree St.
Louis, 6’5”, 300 lbs, IMG Academy, Bradenton,
RB Dexter Williams, 5’11”, 195 lbs, West Orange HS, Orlando, Florida
ATH Jaquan Johnson, 5’10”, 172 lbs, Killian HS, Miami, Florida
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