Charles Jackson of Spring, Texas, pledged to the Huskers just four days after visiting Lincoln on Oct. 30, 2010 to watch NU's 31-17 victory against Missouri. At the time of his commitment, Rivals.com rated him as the No. 8 cornerback nationally and the No. 2 player at his position in Texas — behind Tevin Mitchell of Mansfield, the sixth-rated corner nationally, who was also a Nebraska recruit.
“I love the coaches, and it's a great place for me,” Jackson said in announcing his oral commitment during an interview on Omaha radio station KOZN. “It's a place I can call home. And I love the defense.”
Jackson is No. 109 on the ESPNU 150, ranked as the fifth-best cornerback nationally. Scout.com lists him as a four-star prospect and the nation’s No. 2 cornerback. According to Rivals.com, Jackson is the No. 100 overall player and the No. 6 cornerback. He earned a spot on his first-team all-district squad in Texas’ Class 5A.
Jackson signed from Klein Collins High School, coached by Fremont, Neb., native Drew Svoboda. Svoboda is a former NU walk-on in his third-year at the Class 5-A football power near Houston.
Jackson had three interceptions, five pass breakups and 73 total tackles as a senior. Jackson played cornerback at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January. He resisted late overtures from the Arkansas coaching staff after making his nonbinding commitment to Nebraska public in November. He had scholarship offers from numerous programs across the country.
Our take: The Nebraska coaches won’t hesitate to play their athletic defensive backs as freshmen, assuming that they earn the chance. Ciante Evans saw the field last year. Alfonzo Dennard played during his first year with the program, too. So there’s a chance for Jackson. He’s an aggressive guy, who often uses his strength to disrupt opposing receivers during their routes. That can get him in trouble, but he seems to have enough speed to recover and avoid giving up the long play. It should be noted that he still has some work to do academically to qualify.
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