Miami football adds big Maryland defensive tackle Darrell Jackson

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program added another defensive lineman on Tuesday with 6’6, 300-pound tackle Darrell Jackson announcing his transfer. Jackson is the 11th transfer and fifth defensive linemen Miami has added during the 2022 offseason. Mario Cristobal and his staff have significantly upgraded the Miami DL.

Miami previously added edge rushers Mitchell Agude from UCLA and Akheem Mesidor from West Virginia and versatile DL Jake Lichtenstein from USC and Antonio Moultrie from UAB during the 2022 offseason. Miami has to replace its entire starting 2021 DL. Jackson played in 13 games with one start for Maryland as a true freshman.

In his only season with the Terrapins, Jackson recorded 22 tackles. The most productive games for Jackson came against Illinois in September and in the Pinstripe Bowl against Virginia Tech in December with six tackles against each team. Jackson was the 715th ranked player, 90th DL and 95th in Florida in the Class of 2021.

Jackson visited Florida, Florida State and Miami before he decided to commit to the Hurricanes. Another visit to the Gators was scheduled for Friday. Jackson will likely project to be a backup with Lichtenstein and Moultrie behind Jared Harrison-Hunte and Leonard Taylor. Cristobal has significantly upgraded the depth.

The Miami football program was able to gain the commitment from Jackson despite several projections that he would transfer to Florida. Jackson is an alum of Gadsden County High School in Havana, Florida near Tallahassee. Jordan Miller and Elijah Roberts provide Miami with more versatility to play end and tackle on the DL.

Next. Miami adds UCLA transfer LB Caleb Johnson. dark

Miami has remade its DL since the beginning of spring practice on March 7. Agude, Mesidor and now Jackson were not on the roster when Miami began spring practice. With a May 1 deadline for transfers to be eligible in 2022 without a waiver the next four days could be busy nationally before quieting down.