Nebraska Football makes late push for pass rusher Datona Jackson

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Nebraska football has been looking to bolster its pass rush in recruiting and a late push for JUCO outside linebacker Datona Jackson could really help.

The early signing period in recruiting starts next week and by that time, the Nebraska football program is hoping to add at least a couple of pass rushers for next season.

While the Huskers and head coach Scott Frost have made been pushing for a bunch of edge rushers lately, including high school senior Ty Robinson, who will announce his decision Dec. 19, you can never have enough.

Nebraska football is the favorite to land Robinson and if he does choose to sign with the Huskers it will be a big deal. However, Frost and the coaching staff are also looking to add even more pass-rush help and the latest target is 4-star JUCO Datona Jackson.

Jackson’s story is somewhat interesting. He was a highly touted kid coming out of Ohio back in 2013 when he essentially quit football to work for his father. Then, he wound up at the College of the Desert, a JUCO in Arizona and for the past two seasons, he has impressed as an edge rusher.

Last season, Jackson posted eight sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss and eventually committed to Colorado. According to the Omaha World-Herald, he changed his mind after Colorado fired its head coach and now he is reportedly going to visit Lincoln Wednesday.

Jackson has already made official visits to Colorado, USC and UCLA and plans to take a visit to Florida this weekend. He said he plans to make his decision, according to the report by the Omaha World-Herald by the 19th of December, when the early signing period begins.

The visit to Nebraska football is a good sign because before, the Huskers really weren’t considered a top contender for Jackson, who has two years of eligibility left and could have the chance to make an immediate impact next season.

Of course, the Huskers are also in a time crunch. It can take time to flip recruits and with just one week left before Jackson intends to sign, it doesn’t leave much. The fact that Florida will get the last visit also isn’t necessarily great news for Nebraska.

Yet, if playing time and having the ability to make an impact on a program right away mean anything, Jackson will give Nebraska strong consideration, especially since they are the only real Big Ten team to get into the mix.

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We will have to wait and see how his visit goes Wednesday and how things up in Florida. But if Frost convinced him to visit, maybe the head coach can convince him to commit too.