5-9, 190 pound Bethel High School standout Jamar Jackson , who has played the cornerback position since he started playing football at age five, shows solid athleticism and awesome instincts in the defensive backfield. He has 4.51 speed in the 40 (timed during a Combine last year) and has “an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time” according to his Head Coach Tracey Parker.
Those qualities have helped him pick-off 17 passes over the past two seasons, including nine as a junior last season. What may be more of a factor in Jackson’s success than his experience, talent, and instincts, however, is his competitive drive to compete against and beat the best.
“He loves a challenge,” Parker said in an interview earlier this year. “There were many times last season when he asked me to check the top guys in our league.”
Jackson’s competitive drive took him to the Nike Combine in Charlotteville, Virginia, where he had a chance to test his talents against wide receiver prospects from around the area. Though he didn’t get a chance to check the top-rated player there, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Derrick Williams, he did face some good competition.
“I wanted to go against Derrick Williams, but there was a flock of defensive backs that wanted to check him and I didn’t get my chance,” Jackson said. “The guys I went against were good though. I went against [Southern Durham High School wide receiver] Brandon Woods once and did pretty good against him. He ran a slant and I tipped the pass. In another one-on-one drill I got a pick. There was a lot of good talent there though, and it was getting pretty hyped on our part of the field.”
While Jackson loves the competition on the field, it appears he has some schools in competition for his abilities. Jackson claims official offers from Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech and interest from other ACC programs including NC State and Wake Forest.
“Maryland, UVa, and Virginia Tech have officially offered me,” Jackson said. “Maryland came in earlier this week. UVa and Virginia Tech came in earlier, but I think they will come in again in May. Wake Forest is looking at me. NC State is [recruiting me]. I’m being recruited by ACC schools mostly.”
Jackson has visited UVa and Virginia Tech for their Spring games. He has seen these two schools the most out of any recruiting him. Though he claims no favorites,...
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