Friday, January 4, 2013
2014 DT Jackson shines at Army combine
By Damon Sayles
SAN ANTONIO -- ESPN Watch List defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson (El Dorado, Ark./El Dorado) made an impact at Friday’s U.S. Army National Combine, showing his worth in individual drills and excelling in 1-on-1 drills.
There’s a reason Arkansas wanted him. And listen to the 6-foot-2, 334-pound tackle speak, there’s a reason why he chose the Razorbacks once the offer was extended.
“I’ve always been an Arkansas fan. I couldn’t see myself going anywhere else,” Jackson said. “With the new coaches hired, and with me a defensive lineman, I think I can learn a lot from them.”
Jackson committed on Dec. 20 and became the Razorbacks’ second commitment of the 2014 recruiting class, joining quarterback Rafe Peavey (Bolivar, Mo.). Jackson was recruited by Steve Caldwell, but he also said he is a big fan of new Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and his defensive mindset.
“I like the way he talks to me,” he said. “He talks to me like a normal person, and my parents really like that, too.”
Jackson said he got a lot out of Friday’s combine, and he hopes to use what he learned to his advantage. He didn’t run the 40-yard dash he wanted -- he said he finished in 5.3 seconds -- but he did have strong showings in the lineman challenges, which is most important.
Jackson said what he learned Friday must be used in the offseason, as he will prepare for upcoming camps and combines in an effort to become an improved player.
“I got the chance to meet some guys who performed to my level and pushed me,” he said. “I’m just working on my technique. I learned a lot from the coaches and mentors here. I can take it back to my team and help out to get my team where we need to be.”