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Northwestern football 2017 National Signing Day profiles: Safety Bryce Jackson

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A bruiser with good size, Jackson shows the potential to contribute as a run stopper

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Quick Hits

POSITION: Safety

HEIGHT: 6-foot-0.5

WEIGHT: 179 pounds

HOMETOWN: Denton, Texas

HIGH SCHOOL: Guyer

247 COMPOSITE SCORE: .8290

NATIONAL RANKING: 1347

POSITION RANKING: 100

STATE RANKING: 179

OTHER OFFERS: Duke, Nevada, Wake Forest

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Background

Jackson committed back in April, the second safety to commit to Northwestern at the time and the fifth commit out of Texas. Duke, Nevada and Wake Forest all also extended offers to Jackson, but the three-star safety chose NU based on the academics and people, per 247.

At 6-foot-1, Jackson exhibits the size to match up with bigger wide outs in pass coverage but is also a big-hitter and an effective run stopper when moving downhill. Per his Hudl profile, Jackson runs a 4.66 40-yard dash, which is good for a player of his skill set. His tape shows him to be a worthy tackler and someone not afraid to lay out to deliver a hit in the open field or make a play on the ball. A number of interceptions on his senior reel prove him to be an opportunist with good enough hands to make plays on balls his wide stature allows him to get to.

Outlook

Jackson’s physicality will undoubtedly be welcome in an injury-plagued Northwestern secondary that spent much of last season scrambling for answers at the safety position. Godwin Igwebuike and Kyle Queiro will both be back for their senior campaigns so slot Jackson at the back end of rotational guys who could compete for time if NU gets hit with the injury bug again in the upcoming season. His size, strength and instincts should give him a chance to compete for playing time in Northwestern’s secondary.