One of South Florida’s finest, four-star defensive end Kenyatta Jackson Jr., released his ‘top 12’ schools Tuesday night, including the hometown team.
“All the teams that are in my top 12 treat me the same, [like] family,” Jackson Jr. told 305Sports about his list, which includes Ohio State, Florida State, Auburn, Clemson, Miami (FL), Oregon, Penn State, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.
“They have their little differences, from facilities and the way they coach,” Jackson Jr. said. “But that’s not why I chose them. Even before getting offers, I have these three rules, and family was a big one. I have built relationships with all the universities I have [spoken to], but those 12 talked to me the most.”
The class of 2022 prospect has played one year of varsity at Chaminade-Madonna Prep, garnering 46 tackles ( 4.6 per game), 44 solo tackles, and nine sacks for 25 yards. At 6-foot-4, 230-pounds, 247Sports lists Jackson Jr. as the No. 79 player in his class, No. 7 weak-side defensive end, and No. 8 player in the Sunshine state.
“It’s a big opportunity to represent South Florida because that is where most of [Florida’s] talent comes from,” Jackson Jr. said. “I’m just grateful to be a part of the top players in 2022 to represent South Florida.”
One program with a major advantage in his recruiting: the University of Miami. With teammates Thadius Franklin and Allen Haye already committed to the Hurricanes, some influencing could be made to get Jackson Jr. to play for his hometown team.
“The relationship with Miami is cool,” he said. “I talk to them every other week. The opportunity [to play for the Canes] would be great because that’s where my family and I grew up. Another thing is [that] I have aunts and uncles that attended the University of Miami, so it would be big to play in front of them.”
Still, with so much time left to decide, Jackson Jr. is currently committed to bringing the Lions another state title.
“15 sacks, 100 tackles, 25 TFL’s, and another state championship,” Jackson Jr. said when asked on his goals entering his junior season.
Chaminade-Madonna comes off their third straight Class 3A state championship, matching St. Thomas Aquinas’ 2014-16 record for consecutive state titles. The Lions finished its 2019 season with an impressive 12-2 record.