In the one and a half recruiting cycles that Mel Tucker has controlled at Colorado Football, an emphasis on the trenches has been a clear throughline. It shouldn’t shock anyone, based on that info, that the 6’3, 285 pound Justin Jackson is the smallest member of either the offensive or defensive line in this class.
Jackson comes in ready made to contribute from junior college. At Northwest Mississippi, he redshirted in 2019 to preserve eligibility and qualify academically, but he played in most of the 2018 season. This means he will enter CU with three years to play three. That’s a huge win for a young defensive line. As a prospect, the Buffs fought off late entries from West Virginia and Auburn to get this kid to Boulder.
His freshman year highlights show a versatile, big edge defender that can line up at a few different spots. He has about three inches on Mustafa Johnson, and he makes good use of it with his length. Jackson does a good job keeping his edge while defending the run and defending the pass when he needs to.
Justin will contribute immediately, and with a need to fill either this year or next when Mustafa Johnson leaves, there’s plenty of opportunity for him.