Taking Stock –
|High School||National Christian Academy (Fort Washington, MD)|
|Home State||District of Columbia|
|Star Rating||Three Stars|
|Signed Date||Dec. 18, 2019 (Early Signing Day)|
Joining his former teammate Sean Tucker from H.D. Woodson High School in the D.C. area, Teylor Jackson was rated as a top-15 prospect from that area by ESPN.com for this past recruiting cycle.
Standing at 6-feet tall, Jackson filled a variety of roles for his high school coaches during his prep career. In total, Jackson made three different stops at high schools around D.C. and played safety, nickel and linebacker in various defensive formations.
As a junior in 2017 at Woodson, Jackson booked 110 tackles and two interceptions. Two years later, for the National Christian Academy, Jackson stuffed the stat sheet, recording 25 tackles (15 solo), a sack, a forced fumble and a pass break-up.
Nine of those tackles came against Steubenville High School, setting a season-high for the future Pirate.
Watch Teylor Jackson’s highlight tapes here.
Over offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Temple, West Virginia and others, Jackson chose ECU and has already been added to the online roster ahead of the team’s formal preseason workouts beginning.
On the roster as No. 6, Jackson is listed as an inside linebacker, a position he is accustomed to filling at the prep level. From that position, Jackson has the raw tools necessary to become an impact linebacker for the Pirates. His physicality in stopping the run stands out, while his ability to drop back in coverage should make him a unique and valuable weapon for Mike Houston and the coaching staff in 2020 and beyond.
For this year, however, Jackson does not have a clear-cut path to regular playing time. Sure, ECU is looking for any spark plugs it can get on the defensive side of the football, but many of the starters at linebacker are back from last year.
The group of Xavier Smith, Gerard Stringer, Bruce Bivens, Myles Berry, Delvontae Harris and Aaron Ramseur are all back and figure to be key members of a linebacker corps that needs to play better in 2020 than in 2019.
Jackson, however, could see some playing time on special teams or at the nickel position if there is an injury or he has a good preseason. In time, it would not be out of the realm of possibility to see Jackson starting every Saturday for the Pirates, but he will likely have to wait behind some returning starters before he gets that chance.