Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Jackson happy to represent south Arkansas
Defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson and his father Anthony enjoyed The Opening together.
BEAVERTON, Ore. El Dorado defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson is a proud athlete from south Arkansas and he made sure to mention that after Wednesday’s good performance at The Opening.
“I got the opportunity to come out here and show these people the athletes are still down there,” said Jackson, who’s committed to Arkansas. “I can still do it.”
Jackson, 6-2, 330, 5.24 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of El Dorado went thee for four against Alabama offensive lineman commitments Montel McBride of Plant City, Florida and J.C. Hassenauer of Woodbury, Minn. East Ridge in the pass rush drill. He won two of two against McBride while going one and one against Hassenauer.
His fundamentals improved as the event went on.
“They said my footwork and how I turn my my hips was getting a lot better and just be more aggressive with my ands,” Jackson said. “They said I did that with my second round of the pass rush. I was more aggressive with my hands.”
His father, Anthony thinks the experience of getting coached by several NFL players, including Ndamukong Suh, will help his son.
“For a high school player to get the exposure and the teaching from NFL players it’s invaluable,” Anthony Jackson said. “He’s getting a lot of experience and it’s going to benefit him in the future and the near future too.”