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.
Powerful Jackson impresses Bielema
DL-FB Kenyon Jackson of Little Rock Parkview impressed Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema during the Hogs' three-day camp.
FAYETTEVILLE Little Rock Parkview junior defensive lineman and fullback Kenyon Jackson caught the eye of Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema during the Hogs’ three-day camp that ended Tuesday.
Jackson, 5-11, 268 pounds is drawing interest from Arkansas State, Arkansas -Pine Bluff, Louisiana-Monroe. He believes the Warhawks are close to offering.
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The Hogs like him as a fullback where he might have a chance to be a bigger version of former Hog fullback Kiero Small.
“Coach Bielema has been talking to my dad,” Jackson said. “He likes how I’m explosive.”
Jackson is open to playing in the backfield.
“I wouldn’t have a problem with it, it’s football and I love the game,” Jackson said. “Wherever it is, I’ll come out and do it.”
Jackson, who bench presses 375 pounds and squats 600, recorded 104 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 2 recovered fumbles while playing tackle. He said his father doesn’t cut him any slack.
“He’s on me every second of the day,” Jackson said. “When I was younger he told me….I was at the house playing around and in the bed and he told me “You know those boys in Texas, they’re out working out while you’re in the bed”.”
He uses his father’s wisdom as motivation.
“That always stayed in my head, while they’re working out, they’re getting better,” Jackson said. “So I try and work out as much as I can to get better.”
The chance to wear the Razorback uniform would mean a lot to Jackson, whose older brother Keith Jr. played on the defensive line for the Hogs in 2003-2006.
"I would love to play under Coach Bielema and his coaching staff," Jackson said. "They really worked with me to make sure I got everything right. When I messed up, they worked with me and showed me how to correct what I did wrong."
He loved the facilities and the opportunity Arkansas affords his family.
"Especially the weight room since I love lifting," he said. "Plus, Arkansas is home and my family would be able to watch me play in person. I also like the Razorback atmosphere and the Hog fans."