Inglewood (Calif.) tight end Chauntez Jackson discusses his recent decision to flip his commitment…
Jackson: Tight End at Tennessee
Inglewood's Chauntez Jackson prides himself on his versatility. "I can play anywhere on the field," the six-foot-four, 235 pound athlete said at the Cal State Game. He enjoyed action primarily at defensive end in high school, but began seeing extended time at tight end his senior year. Jackson confirmed that Tennessee still views him as a tight end after they offered him a scholarship at the position this past summer. He's satisfied with the progress he made at the spot during his final high school season. "I was mainly focusing on route running," he said. "I already knew how to be physical." Jackson said he satisfied about three-fourths of the goals he set in the offseason. He had hoped to accumulate three full new minutes of footage for his highlight tape, particularly with plays coming out of the offensive passing game, but came up just short of that amount. Still, Jackson is ready for the next step, one that involves moving thousands of miles away from Southern California. "Moving to Tennessee is a chance to see if I can survive on my own," he said. Jackson was plucked out of the Los Angeles area by Volunteers' tight ends coach Charlie Coiner. He chose the SEC over finalists Arizona, Oregon State, and Washington. "Jackson may be the most physically impressive defensive end in the West, and while he's still pretty raw, his upside is off the charts," read his FOX Sports NEXT scouting report before the season. "Like other players at this position, Jackson can play a number of spots, including outside linebacker... He'll even play some tight end this year, where Tennessee likes him. His best football is still ahead of him." That prophecy has been realized: Jackson has switched over to the offensive side of the football, where the Volunteers feel his already promising upside is even greater. David Lombardi covers recruiting for FOX Sports Next. Check him out at www.davidlombardisports.com. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidMLombardi.
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