The Miami Hurricanes’ summer recruiting run continued Friday when the program got its 19th pledge for the Class of 2014 in little known Miami Booker T. Washington defensive end Demetrius Jackson.
The 6-5, 230-pound senior played varsity football for the first time this spring and was known more for what he did on the basketball court, earning All-Dade second-team honors last season.
“People may not know much about him right now, but they will,” Tornadoes offensive coordinator Tim “Ice” Harris Jr. said. “He’s a freak talent who played plenty of football growing up. He just turned his focus to basketball in high school. But he knows his best way to a scholarship is football. A lot of schools who saw him this spring were impressed.”
Jackson had a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery as well as a few batted balls at the line of scrimmage in the spring game for the defending Class 4A state champions. He said he has offers from Arkansas and FIU and had committed to the Razorbacks last week, but the school didn’t accept his oral commitment because he hadn’t visited the campus yet.
“He’s going to be like a rush end/outside linebacker in 3-4 look,” Harris Jr. said. “He can rush the quarterback. You look at him and [four-star recruit] Chad Thomas, they compliment each other well. Demetrius probably has him in speed, movements. That’s going to work out well.”
Harris Jr. said Jackson is already a full college qualifier. He’s got a 3.0 GPA and scored 21 on the ACT. Harris Jr. said Jackson is the cousin of former Booker T. defensive ends Joseph Jackson (South Florida) and Jonathan Jackson (FIU).
• Although it’s not a done deal according to sources at UM, reports indicate UM also will be adding former Wisconsin senior defensive end David Gilbert to its roster, just a couple of months after the former Oakland Park Northeast High standout said he was ending his career at Wisconsin because of foot injuries.
BadgerBlitz.com was the first to report the news Thursday night. Gilbert reportedly graduated in May would be eligible to play for UM as a postgraduate.
Gilbert started 13 games last season, rolling up 42 tackles, 9.5 for loss, four sacks and three forced fumbles and earned honorable mention on the All-Big Ten Team.
Gilbert broke his right foot twice in 2011 and missed spring practice this past April to undergo more surgery on the foot, repairing ligament damage this time.
As a senior at Northeast, Gilbert was an All-State First Team selection, racking up 57 tackles, nine sacks and eight tackles for loss in 2007.
• Canesport.com reported Friday that 2013 signee Ryheem Lockley is headed to Fork Union Military Academy, but says will arrive at UM in the spring.