This week we take a look at yet another member of Florida State’s 2011 recruiting class that did not come as heralded by recruiting services and even fans out of high school. Offensive linemen Tre Jackson out of Wayne County high school is today’s subject. He was a late addition to the class after spending much of the process committed to Georgia Tech. His recruitment sped up significantly in the last three months leading up to signing day when he was aggressively pursued by NC State, Florida State, Miami and less so by the University of Florida.
Jackson was recruited both as a defensive tackle and offensive guard. He is an extremely versatile big athlete that flew way under the radar for much of his high school career. He was rated a three star by Rivals, Scout and ESPN but when listening to the way Coaches Fisher and Trickett talk about the kid, you would swear he was a five star.
Weight: 310 lbs.
Squat: 500 lbs.
2011 Outlook: Looks to be one of the rare freshman with the physical size and body composition that could be relied on in the event that the injury bug bites of the offensive line. Much of that will depend on how well he takes the blocking schemes and coaching at the college level. Otherwise, expect a redshirt for Jackson.
Career Outlook: Long term, the buzz surrounding Tre Jackson is substantial. We could be looking a future multi-year starter on Florida State’s offensive line at one of the guard positions. Obviously this will depend on how well he competes with his teammates, but the talent and potential is certainly there and beyond 2011 I would consider him to be a man to beat.
With the interior offensive line play of Florida State being a relative concern in 2011, Tre Jackson will have to be ready for potential early opportunities. Veteran starter David Spurlock will be watched closely due to his concussion history and the depth behind him has yet to prove that they can be 100% reliable replacements. The nature of offensive line play at the college level dictates that the younger guys be brought along more slowly in most cases. But due to Florida State’s unique situation depth wise and this kid’s physical makeup and ability, this may be an exception.
As stated above, this could be a future long term starter for Florida State. Tre Jackson arrived on campus at a whopping 310 lbs over a month and a half ago, carrying relatively low body fat before having a single workout session within a college program. His 500 lbs squat max (also recorded before training with Vic Viloria) is a testament to the type of lower body explosion and potential Florida State has on its hands. He will project to be a guard down the road and with Fall Camp starting Monday, we may begin to get an idea of how good he can be.
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