"I did real good at Mr. Bone's (Andrew Bone) combine," Brandon Jackson-Bell
stated. "I had a lot of instructors that said I did really good. I worked out as a cornerback there. I only wanted to concentrate on the 40 and the shuttle at the combine. I ran a 4.46 for the 40 (yard dash). I probably had a top three or four 40 time. My shuttle time was a 4.1.
"The DB coach there said I was the most physical corner at the camp. I had two interceptions in the football drills. Personally, I thought I was the best DB down there. I was jamming receivers, and they couldn't break away from me.
"I went down there to test myself against that kind of talent. I feel like I stood out. No receiver caught any balls against me."
Jackson-Bell uses his speed on the track. In Georgia the top two in each event, in each region track meet, qualify for the state track meet. In the 4A and 5A regions that contain Dekalb County schools, those two regions are as competitive as any regions nationwide. Jackson-Bell would've probably qualified for the state meet in most regions throughout the state.
"This year my fastest fully automatic (timing) time for the hundred (meter dash) was a 10.94," he said. "I qualified for the hundred (meter) final at our region meet. In the finals I got third. I was one spot from making it to state."
Jackson-Bell has been in recent contact with two programs from separate conferences.
"I've talked with Duke a few times," he commented. "They want me to call them back in July. They said they're gonna start recruiting me.
is real interested in me. Middle Tennessee State has seemed the most interested. Two of my teammates (Kenneth Gilstrap
and Jonathan Brooks
) are there now. They've told me they're looking for speed. They've sent me a lot of letters. They're recruiting me as a corner. I'll be going to their camp on the 17th of July."
The East Metro-Atlanta prospect has been to one prospect camp so far this summer.
"I've went to a camp at Georgia State," he commented. "I was the fastest kid at that camp. They made sure to get my number and all of my information. And they told me they liked my highlight tape."
A program from the Southern Conference seems like they're just around the corner from pulling the trigger.
"I've gotten one handwritten letter," he said. "That was from Samford. They said they really liked my highlight tape. They said there's a strong chance I'll get an offer from them. They just want me to concentrate on my SAT. I only need to bring up my SAT by just a few points. I'll get the right score the next time I take it."
Brandon Jackson-Bell, from Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga., is a legitimate prospect on both sides of the ball, but his best fit on the next level is probably at cornerback. Several weeks ago the versatile athlete participated in a camp at Auburn where he ran a 4.49 40-yard dash, and was a standout performer. He achieved a similar performance last weekend at the South Showcase Combine.
Elite prospect had big performance June 25th.