On Monday afternoon, four-star RB from Antioch (Calif.) Freedom HS, Giles Jackson, pledged his commitment to the Michigan Wolverines, announcing it via Twitter.
— G-Man 5 (@gilesjackson__) September 10, 2018
He chose the Wolverines over Oregon, Oregon State and USC. Oregon was considered the favorite for the longest time, but after a glowing visit to Ann Arbor over the summer and conversations with the coaching staff, Jackson flipped the switch and picked the maize and blue.
Jackson, the nation’s No. 213 overall prospect, is rated by 247Sports as the country’s third overall all-purpose back. While we don’t know whether he’ll play running back, wide receiver (as his twitter bio suggests) or both, one thing’s for sure: he’s a pure athlete with top-level speed.
According to Jackson’s Hudl profile, Jackson runs a 4.43 40-yard dash and has a 3.85 shuttle time. At 5-foot-10, 185 pounds, he projects as a slightly undersized playmaker that will create electrifying plays on the field with his blazing speed.
In his junior season at Freedom HS, Jackson compiled 2,247 all-purpose yards (1,558 rushing) and 28 touchdowns.
Analyzing his film further validates his quickness and ability to make a defender miss from one cut. He flies all over the field, making defenses look silly trying to make a tackle on him. Once he gets past the first level of a defense, it’s a track meet that finds Jackson winning more times than not.
He’s shown he can begin a zone to the left side, find no openings, and then cut back to the right for a big gain. Small frame considered, he can even provide power in being able to fight through tackles. As seen in film, he has a stiff arm that allows him extra yardage.
In the passing game, he can take a screen and make cuts that allow him to turn on the jets and burn past the secondary. He can also line up in the slot and run crisp short routes that allow for yards after catch in space. For this reason, he has the potential to play somewhat of a hybrid role at Michigan. Think Tarik Cohen in college at North Carolina A&T and now with the Chicago Bears.
Amid his senior season, the potential is there to progress even further and climb up recruiting rankings. The speed he possesses, combined with his overall skill set, is one-of-a-kind and will make him an explosive player in college. Tacklers will have their work cut out for themselves.
In a league where speed matters, Jackson has plenty. He can be an impact player on offense, whether it’s as a running back, in the slot as a receiver or lining up in the wildcat formation behind the line.
Jackson joins two other four-stars, Eric Gray and Zach Charbonnet, as the third running back to commit to the Wolverines 2019 class. All three feature loads of talent and potential, making the future outlook bright for the backfield in Ann Arbor.
Time will tell the role Jackson eventually plays on Michigan’s offense, but for the time being, his speed and playmaking ability should excite Wolverine fans and provide a big spark to their No. 10 ranked recruiting class.