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72 Days to Purdue Football: Jalen Jackson

Jackson is a strong defensive tackle prospect.

NCAA Football: Bowling Green at Purdue Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Brohm has some offensive line prospects coming in this fall that look promising. He also has brought in some grad transfers that will give them time to grow. One of those seeds being planted it today’s player.

Jalen Jackson – Fr.

Powder Springs, GA (Mceachern HS)

6’3”, 267 pounds

Defensive Tackle

2017 Projection: Likely redshirt

Jackson was able to get a leg up as a true freshman this coming fall by enrolling early in January and going through spring practice. That also allowed him to move from offensive guard to defensive tackle. Regardless of where he finally ends up, it is a position of need for the big man from Georgia.

In Georgia last year he was a Second Team All-State selection in Class 7A. He was a 3-star recruit that had originally committed to coach Brohm at Western Kentucky, but followed him to Purdue once the transition was announced. I like that he was not alone in that. Brohm seems to have a lot of guys that will follow him loyally like that, so it is a good sign.

I still think Jackson will redshirt this year, but given the lack of depth at defensive tackle I suppose we could see him.