LSU’s coaching staff still expects to give signee Donte Jackson a chance to contribute in a variety of ways. This according to Tigers recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, who addressed reporters at a Tiger Tour stop on Sunday.
Jackson was a repeat state champion in the 100-meter dash, and Les Miles’ staff views that speed as a weapon they can incorporate into the offensive game plan -- not just where they already planned to use Jackson as a cornerback and kick returner.
“We look at what Patrick [Peterson] did in the NFL playing receiver, playing defense, and we kick ourselves,” Wilson told NOLA.com. “We knew he had those abilities. We had Trindon [Holliday], we had Tyrann [Mathieu], guys who could do it, but Pat was a rare breed and something we didn't take advantage of. Coach Miles made a vow not to let that happen again when we have someone with that type of ability. Certainly we see him as that type of player.”
Jackson made 59 tackles and five tackles for loss last season at Riverdale High School in Jefferson, Louisiana. He also totaled 1,637 yards and 20 touchdowns on offense.
“He’ll start off as a corner for us and play, primarily, defense,” Wilson said. “But with that type of speed and excitement, we’re going to be hard pressed not to give him a chance to touch the football.”
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