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Jackson commits to UT football

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Another Sulphur Springs player reaps the benefits of the 2008 state championship in football.
Bryant “Day Day” Jackson recently attended a University of Texas  junior day for top recruits and the 6-4 junior safety/cornerback committed to attend Texas and play football.
That same day it was reported that Texas signed three other top notch defensive backs and 19 top players.
Jackson said in an interview on a website that he liked the family atmosphere and his parents are big fans of Texas.
“I asked Day Day if he could choose any school, he said Texas and he got his top choice, it doesn’t always work out like that,” said Sulphur Springs head football coach Greg Owens.
Owens said that nine Wildcats signed with colleges following the state championship by the Wildcats and now juniors like Jackson are getting a chance.
“Recruiters know you can’t win without the players. That is giving other guys we have another look, a longer look on the tape and people like Day Day are signing,” Owens said.
Jackson had 66 solo tackles, 33 assists and a total of 99 tackles and broke up 10 passes with five interceptions during the 16-game state championship run by the Wildcats.
In two years, he has broken up 20 passes.
Jackson, a 6-4, 175-pound defensive back is expected to grow into his pass coverage responsibilities  at  Texas as a cornerback.
“This is a tremendous honor for Day Day and our program,” Owens said. “Texas is one of the top football programs in the nation. They know he has the size, the grades and everything. They feel he is a sure thing, so they made the offer and he took it.”
Jackson was ranked as the state’s No. 50 prospect and Owens think he has the talent to play on the Division I level.
“We played him at safety as a junior, but he will be a defensive back for Texas,” Owens said. “He has the height and great athletic ability. What they like is the way he can judge a pass and go get the ball. They are switching some receivers over to corners because of the way they adjust to the ball.”
“He’s electric when he has the ball in his hands,” Owens said. “At Texas, they will be looking for him to get picks and turnovers. He’ll be matched up covering some of the best receivers in the country.”
Jackson has a 4.48 time in the 40-yard dash and will continue to grow into his angular frame. He is currently running track in an attempt to get stronger and faster for his senior year as a Sulphur Springs Wildcat.
“Day Day has lots of raw athletic ability,” Owens said. “In track he qualified for regional in four events.”
Owens said as a senior member of the Wildcats he will be a starters on defense at cornerback and play part-time as a receiver.
“He’ll play both sides of the ball for us next year,” Owens said. “He has a tremendous upside. He needs to keep improving, keep his GPA up and do the things we expect from him. He will be a major part of our football team next year.”
Also in the interview on the website Jackson said, “It’s like a dream come true. All of my friends are Longhorn fans. It’s like its not real yet to me. I want to represent my hometown.”




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