Jamar Jackson has turned in back-to-back productive seasons for Bethel (Hampton, VA) Head Coach Tracey Parker. As a sophomore, the 5-9, 190 pound cornerback made eight interceptions, and as a junior, he finished with a total of nine picks on the year.
His productivity has helped him earn attention from Division I-A squads in the early going.
“Jamar is the player that most folks are looking at,” Parker said. “UVa, Virginia Tech, NC State, and most of the ACC schools in the area are looking at him. There are no offers yet, but you know you have a Division I-A prospect when schools who you haven’t spoken with for a long time start giving you calls and requesting film.”
Athleticism is one of Jackson’s strength, as he runs a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash. But it’s his confidence, work ethic, and instincts that separate him from the rest according to Coach Parker.
“Jamar has an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time,” Parker said. “He really takes coaching well and works hard to get better. He also loves a challenge. There were many times last season when he asked me to check the top guys in our league. He’s excellent at man-to-man or in the zone. He’s a student of the game.”
A strong player, Jackson can bench press 250 pounds. He is working hard in the off-season to improve his strength and his speed.
No official offers have been made and Jamar has no favorites according to Coach Parker. Jackson currently maintains a 2.5 grade point average.
Coach Parker says Bethel offensive/defensive tackle Terrence Johnson has drawn some early looks from coaches coming in to see Jamar. Johnson has good size at 6-5, 250 pounds, but was not able to show his talent last season until about mid-way through the year.
Johnson may be a sleeper prospect for the 2005 class.
“Terrence was sort of an unknown last year because he got in a car accident early on and wasn’t cleared to play until the fifth game,” Parker said. “He’s got the size at 6-5, 250 pounds, and he has good speed, good agility, and good hands. Terrence has those intangibles that you just can’t coach – a great frame.
“He’ll have to do some good things next year, but he’s in the weight room all of the time working hard. He’ll be able to play next year and show what he can do.”