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DT Antwuan Jackson (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by MONTbigBuck, Feb 17, 2015.

  1. GovTressel

    GovTressel Junior

    I certainly hope so...just a question that may temper that optimism-Who’s the last JUCO transfer that got drafted high?
  2. Buckeye513

    Buckeye513 Stable Genius

    Nick Fairley, Cam Newton.
  3. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Just good to know there is less pressure.
  4. OregonBuckeye

    OregonBuckeye Semper Fi Buckeyes

    Which was 7 years ago, so not too common
  5. TDunk

    TDunk The Dunk Abides

    True, but there are various reasons for attending a JUCO. It could be about grades, issues at a previous school, or lack of offers to begin with. And how many pros do you know about that went to JUCO and you didn't even realize it (Aaron Rodgers did).
  6. GovTressel

    GovTressel Junior

    I was asking specifically about jucos at tOSU. Honestly just a question as I can’t think of any.
  7. TS10HTW

    TS10HTW Senior

    Michael Thomas? But I guess that’s a bit of a stretch.
  8. jwinslow

    jwinslow A MAN OF BETRAYED JUSTICE Staff Member Tourney Pick'em Champ

    You should temper any exuberance until he plays, but Jackson is not a typical juco. He's essentially a regular transfer who had to drop down to juco to get around a blockade. You'll notice that some of the guys below have baggage, which Jackson does not.
    Michael Thomas as noted above.
    Noah Spence, though that's the other direction.

    As for the actual question with a bigger sample size (read: not a half dozen or so buckeyes over a few decades)

    Garrett Bolles (1)
    Randy Gregory (1)
    Jarran Reed (2)

    For this april, JC Jackson has early round talent, but will the off-field concerns bury that?

    Jarrett Stidham will be one to watch last year.

    Past year studs (not as high) - Hill (off-field issues) 5th, Kamara early 3rd.
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  9. MSURacerDT55

    MSURacerDT55 Lineman aficionado

    James Cotton - LB/DE
    Larry Grant - LB
    Corey Smith - WR
    Malcolm Pridgeon - OT/OG
    Kendall Sheffield - CB

    Those that I remember.
  10. MSURacerDT55

    MSURacerDT55 Lineman aficionado

    FUMA- Fork Union Military Academy , that's a prep school. Basically an extra year in high school, was there with Cardale and Eddie George went there as well.
  11. MD Buckeye

    MD Buckeye BP Soft Verbal Staff Member BP Recruiting Team Bookie Former BPCFFB II Champ Former FF League III Champ

  12. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    Antwuan Jackson Jr. never stopped thinking about playing football at Ohio State, even after he enrolled at Auburn in 2016.

    Two years later, Jackson doesn’t have to merely think about being a Buckeye anymore.

    Despite being heavily recruited by Ohio State out of Cedar Grove High School three years ago, Jackson decided to enroll at Auburn – less than a two-hour drive away from his hometown of Ellenwood, Georgia – in part, he said, because people around him wanted him to go there. But even after Jackson became a part of the Tigers football, the four-star defensive tackle couldn’t get his mind off the Buckeyes – specifically, the relationship he had with Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

    "When I committed to Auburn, I just heard rumors that after I committed there, he just walked around the facility, wasn't talking to nobody, moping around and stuff. So when I was at Auburn, I just felt like I needed to be here," Jackson said while meeting with the media at Ohio State on National Signing Day earlier this month.

    While Jackson already knew he wanted to be a Buckeye when he made the decision to transfer from Auburn after redshirting his first season there, Auburn blocked him from transferring to Ohio State – among other schools – forcing Jackson to go to a junior college in order to reopen his transfer options. After spending a semester at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas, however, Jackson has finally arrived in Columbus, where he will now look to make up for lost time and compete for immediate playing time in 2018.

    "I just want to build trust from my teammates and my coaches," Jackson said. "Just play the best I can for my teammates, and try to win a championship."

    In hindsight, Jackson certainly would have chosen Ohio State over Auburn in the first place if he could do it all over again. Ohio State, of course, could have decided not to re-recruit Jackson after he spurned their offer the first time around. Johnson and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, however, decided to give Jackson a second chance, and that loyalty did not go unappreciated.

    "It was Coach J and Coach Meyer, they just gave me the opportunity," Jackson said. "I cried a little bit, I really cried that they still thought about me. And now I'm here."

    Jackson says he doesn’t regret the journey he took to Columbus, though, because he gained value from it, especially in the relationships he had the opportunity to build at Blinn this past fall.

    "I built a great relationship with a lot of people there," Jackson said of his time at Blinn. "Everybody loved me there, I loved them back. So just going through the grind with them, not being in the best dorms and the best school or whatever, but I loved it."

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  13. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Antwuan Jackson Thankful to Finally Be Where He Belongs


    Antwuan Jackson may have arrived at Ohio State with a broken foot, but he was also carrying with him a mended heart.

    As one of the top high school recruits in the nation in the 2016 recruiting cycle, Jackson could have gone anywhere he wanted. There is always a need for a talented defensive tackle, and so he was a high priority for every school who thought they had a shot.

    The Buckeyes were one such school, and even maybe for a while they thought they were going to land him.

    Instead, Jackson signed with Auburn over Ohio State, leaving Urban Meyer and defensive line coach Larry Johnson disappointed in the work that they had put in.

    Jackson went to Auburn, but struggled as a true freshman and redshirted.

    It turns out, Jackson knew he had made a mistake pretty early on.

    “Of course I was at Auburn, I was thinking about transferring out and and I was just thinking to myself that I need to be somewhere to try to be better as a person, be better as a player,” he said.

    Prior to his transfer, one of the major things holding Jackson back from seeing the field was a lack of effort and willingness to strain. In other words, his heart just wasn’t in it.

    While he was at Auburn and thinking of transferring, he was also thinking about possible destinations, including Ohio State and Larry Johnson. Jackson and Johnson became very close during his recruitment, which is one of the reasons why he never stopped thinking about the Buckeyes.

    “It’s really because of Coach Johnson, we just have that great connection,” he said. “He inspired me to be great as soon as I got here. I mean when I committed to Auburn, I just heard rumors that after I committed there, he just walked around the facility, wasn’t talking to nobody, moping around and stuff. So when I was at Auburn, I just felt like I needed to be here.

    “I thought about it right when I committed there. I mean when I was thinking about transferring, he was the No. 1 person on my mind.”

    When Jackson told Auburn that he wanted to transfer, they were fine with it. They did, however, block him from transferring to any other SEC schools…and Ohio State.

    Why did they block him from transferring to OSU? That’s a question that only Auburn can answer.

    For Jackson’s family, however, they weren’t too happy with it.

    “They were frustrated,” he said. “One thing, they wanted me to be in school. I didn’t want to be out of school for the summer time. I enrolled early so I wanted to graduate early. What’s the point of leaving high school early if I don’t graduate early. I needed to be in school. I love being at school.”

    So Jackson transferred to Blinn College in Brenham, Texas. His sights were set on eventually ending up at Ohio State, which gave him a clear mind and a full heart. He parlayed both into an All-American season at Blinn. He finished second on the team with 70 tackles, first with 9.0 sacks, and third with 10 tackles for loss.

    Jackson used his time at Blinn to better his situation, and also to better himself.

    “I just felt like I gained my confidence back from high school,” he said. “I played like I did because I had confidence again.”

    Ranked the No. 1 junior college prospect in the 2018 class, Jackson was thrilled that Ohio State was recruiting him again, and had no problem signing with the Buckeyes this time around.

    “Oh it was really easy,” he said. “I still had coaches calling me like Nick Saban and Coach Pruitt and stuff. And when [Pruitt] got his other job, he was trying to come get me still.”

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  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Buckeye Breakdown: What to Expect from Antwuan Jackson


    One of the more mysterious commitments for the 2018 season is JUCO product Antwuan Jackson Jr. While Buckeye fans may remember Jackson from his recruitment out of high school in 2016, he has taken the long road to Columbus.

    After committing to Auburn out of high school as a top 50 prospect, Jackson transferred to Blinn College for the 2017 season where he compiled 70 tackles, 9 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles on his way to conference player of the year honors.

    Jackson, from Ellenwood, GA (Cedar Grove), arrives at Ohio State as the number 3 overall JUCO prospect in 2018 according to 247 Sports. It was later revealed that he played a portion of last season on a broken foot, which caused him to miss much of spring football this year for the Buckeyes.

    Due to his lack of practice time as a Buckeye, and his inability to fully participate in the Spring Game, there is not a lot of recent film to go on. However, No Huddle Scouts was able to obtain game film from the Blinn coaching staff to evaluate his 2017 season. Below is a brief scouting report of what Buckeye fans can expect from Jackson in 2018.

    Jackson, 6’2” 310, has a wide frame with thick legs. He has very good overall athleticism, particularly short area and lateral quickness and a very good first step to go along with very good lower body strength. Jackson aligned primarily as a 3-technique, splitting the gap between the Guard and Tackle, in a four-man front and played as a 4-technique in odd fronts.

    Antwuan uses very good upfield burst to stress the opponent as a one-gap defender and translates his speed to power when engaged in double teams. He has the ability to shed blocks quickly and efficiently to make a play on the ball carrier due to very good use of hands. As a pass rusher he primarily uses a bull rush to collapse the pocket and shows his agility and quickness by using a spin move to disengage from blocks away from the pocket.

    Jackson (wearing No. 4 in the clips below) has very good mental processing against screens and appears to have high football intelligence. He displays good competitive toughness in short yardage situations on critical downs and shows an extra gear in critical situations.

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