Four-star 2024 safety Antione Jackson tweeted on Monday night “Stay tuned…Wednesday.” The expectation should be that Jackson will reclassify to the 2023 class. Jackson would be the first safety committed to the 2023 Miami football class. Four-star cornerback Robert Stafford is the only defensive back in the 2023 Miami class.
Jackson would be tied for the 108th player overall, the eighth-ranked safety and 25th in Florida in the 2023 class. Jackson would be the 15th highest-rated player on the current Miami football roster according to the 247 Sports rankings. Miami needs to add depth in the future at safety.
Sophomores Kamren Kinchens and James Williams will be eligible for the 2024 NFL Draft. Jackson would have a chance to contribute as a true freshman with the projection to start as a sophomore in 2024 if he reclassifies. Al Blades Jr. and Avantae Williams are current Miami safeties ranked higher than Jackson.
Andrew Ivins of 247 Sports described Jackson as a true South Florida defensive back with extensive experience in man coverage. Ivins continued that Jackson has a high football IQ that allows him the ability to quickly jump routes and limit throwing windows with excellent ball skills.
Jackson has primarily been an outside CB at Fort Lauderdale Dillard. Ivins projects that Jackson has the ability to remain a CB, but his ceiling is better at safety due to his physical play and ability to react to what is in front of him. At 6’0, 170 Jackson will need to fill out once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program.
Miami currently has the 11th-ranked 2023 recruiting class. Jackson would be the sixth highest-ranked player in the 2023 Miami class. Behind edge rushers Jared Wayne and linebacker Raul Aguirre, Jackson would be the third highest-rated defensive player in the 2023 Miami recruiting class.
Jackson visited Miami three times in April according to On3. Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma also received visits from Jackson from November 2021 through March. Jackson reclassifying would be a big boost to the 2023 Miami class that has not received a commitment since offensive lineman Connor Lew in August.