Varsity Preps

Colton Jackson, #11 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

Bret Bielema has made a career of taking brutish, nasty offensive linemen and shaping them in a way that they can succeed at the next level. That is what Bielema will look to do with Conway’s Colton Jackson. Although he still has a year of high school football to go, Jackson has already decided that he wants to don the cardinal and white once he graduates. Jackson should fit the mold of linemen that Bielema has a tendency to make into road-graters in the Big Ten, and now in the SEC. Jackson now that his recruitment is over, can now do what most players in his postion never get to do their senior year, solely focus on the season and getting better.

Standing at 6’6” and 291 pounds, Jackson has the frame to add on some more weight which will allow him to maul defenders more easily with more weight behind him. Jackson imposes his will on defenders and will flatten them if they are not careful. It is always good to see a lineman with a mean streak, and it appears that Jackson has just that. Some of his best blocks are down blocks. He keeps good feet, pointing his toes toward his man and just drives the defender either away from the play to open up the hole, or even into the ground where the message is made that Jackson is a force to be reckoned with.

If Jackson can improve his quickness off the snap and take more aggressive steps, Jackson could become one of the great linemen in this entire 2015 class. Those little factors become huge when it comes from separating good linemen prospects and great linemen prospects. Jackson is hovering around that line.

Jackson has his offer from Arkansas, which he gained this last summer while at the Arkansas Summer Prospect Camp. He impressed the coaches enough to offer him on the spot and he wanted to commit on the spot as well. It is pretty easy to foresee Jackson earning other offers from schools, but that may be to no avail, considering the report that he has built with the coaching staff at Arkansas.

The Verdict: Colton Jackson  is the best offensive lineman prospect in the state of Arkansas for the 2015 class. He could insert himself as one of the best in the country if he continues to work on the little things that will separate him from other prospects. His recruitment is done, but more offers will come to no avail. He will become a serviceable lineman in the SEC under Bret Bielema. Jackson could become a starter by the time he is an upperclassman. Also could see Jackson moving inside to guard.

Pros: Powerful, Mean Streak, Nasty Attitude, Brute Strength

Cons: A little slow off the ball, False steps, Needs more weight

Check out Colton’s Hudl Page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/1628165/highlights/107403379

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