Florida State got a much-needed late night commitment from former Miami defensive tackle Darrell Jackson. With the departure of Jarrett Jackson from FSU and it being unknown if Fabien Lovett will return, the 6-foot-6 300-pound transfer will help to fill a need in the trenches on defense for FSU.
Jackson began his career with Maryland before transferring to Miami. He will bring with him 639 snaps of college experience and solid play on the interior defensive line. Don’t let the Miami tag fool you, the Hurricanes had some nice players in 2022. How they turned that into the terrible season they had is still puzzling. On that note, it also never hurts to pluck a quality player from your in-state rival too.
During the 2021 season, Jackson had 27 tackles, 16 pressures and 3 sacks. His final season PFF Grade was 72.4 which is above quality starter status at the power 5 level. One would imagine he could thrive in this defense under the direction on Odell Haggins.
FSU has solid core of young players to be excited about on the defensive line but with the loss of Robert Cooper it was one of the highest positions of need for 2023.
Jackson will need to qualify for a waiver to be immediately eligible to play being he has transferred once already but those closest to his situation believe he will be granted the waiver due to an illness in the family and FSU being closer to home.
FSU is poised to make a run at a special season in 2023 and needed to add a few top end guys on defense. If granted the waiver, Jackson will certainly help fill that need for the Noles. Thanks for reading and Go Noles!
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