- Defensive end
- 240 lbs
- Dr. SEC Recruiting Ranking
- 247 Composite Ranking
- High School
- Gadsden County (FL)
- Current Team
- Tennessee Volunteers
Scouting Report: (3/26/2020) Darrell Jackson is a physically impressive prospect with a big, broad well-built frame. He possesses outstanding length and despite having a well-built frame he could still add quite a bit of good weight on his frame once he is inside a college strength and conditioning program.
Against the run, Darrell has excellent size and length to be able to set the edge when he stays low. He displays the ability to fire out with good pad level for such a rangy kid and can deliver a good pop and hold his ground when he does. If he can improve his pad level consistency, the sky is the limit. He flashes active hands and good lateral mobility to squeeze and take away cut back lanes as well.
Against the pass, Darrell can be active and violent with his and flashes the ability to transfer speed-to-power. He flashes the ability to redirect inside as well as attack half-man and flip hips. All the tools are there, but he can improve and better utilize his power and work to stay lower. His length is a huge advantage in disrupting throwing lanes when he gets his hands up.
The bottom line is that Darrell is a lengthy and active defender that flashes the ability to be disruptive as both a run defender and pass rusher. He will need to continue to develop to be a more consistent and well-rounded defender, but his ceiling is enormously high. He’s athletic enough to play on his feet and strong enough to set the edge against the run. This is the type player Pruitt has a history of developing into a star.