De’Amontae Jackson is one of the elite linebacker prospects from the Sunshine State in the class of 2014. Jackson, 6-foot-0, 250-pounds, mans the middle of the (Citra, Fla.) North Marion defense.
“He’s had a really solid year for us,” said Matt Johnson, North Marion’s coach. “He’s our leader in tackles and tackles for a loss and second in sacks. We play him all over the place but 90% of the time he’s lined up at linebacker. We have also played him at nose tackle and out in space covering wide receivers. He’s big and he’s very athletic. He’s not real tall but when he puts his hand down he’ll remind you of Dwight Freeney.”
As far as his future, at least at this point, Jackson will likely be a middle linebacker prospect.
“De’Amontae moves so well,” Johnson said. “He has the size to play that position. He could probably play on the outside but I think he’s an inside guy for sure.”
With a 15 months until National Signing Day, Jackson still has some things to work on.
“He’s very strong naturally,” Johnson said. “We just got him in the weight room two years ago. So that’s one thing I would stress to him because teams are going to want to see him stronger.”
Alabama, Missouri and Georgia Tech have already offered Jackson, while schools like Florida, Georgia, Indiana and a handful of others are all actively recruiting him.
“De’Amontae will end up being recruited by everyone,” Johnson said.
Jamie has been covering college football recruiting since 1992 and is entering his ninth year with Scout.com and FOXSports.com. He’s currently a National Recruiting Analyst and Manager for the state of Florida. Jamie is also covering the NFL Draft for the network.