After news earlier in the day that backup defensive lineman Jacob Lichtenstein was returning for a seventh season, defensive tackle Darrell Jackson who started every game for the Miami football team in 2022 announced his entry into the transfer portal. Jackson would have to petition for a waiver after transferring from Maryland.
College football players are allowed to transfer once and be able to play immediately with their new programs. Jackson had an excellent first season with Miami as an anchor on the defensive line. Jackson improved on his stats from Maryland with 27 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and three sacks with one pass defended.
At 6’6, 300 pounds, Jackson was figuratively a huge asset for Miami in the middle of the defensive line. The Miami football team had an excellent rotation at DT with Jared Harrison-Hunte, Jackson and Leonard Taylor. All three complemented each other well. Jackson has outperformed his rankings coming out of high school.
The 247 Sports composite had Jackson as the 706th ranked player overall, 89th defensive lineman and 95th player in Florida out of Havana, Gadsen County in 2021. Jackson was one of the best transfer signees for Miami in 2022. Miami is slated to return DTs Jordan Miller and Ahmad Moten to add depth.
Harrison-Hunte and Taylor will be the projected 2023 starting DTs for Miami with the departure of Jackson with Lichtenstein, Miller and Moten as the backups. Miami also flipped 2023 three-star DT Joshua Horton from North Carolina on Sunday. Expect Mario Cristobal and his staff to recruit the transfer portal to replace Jackson.
There were reports during the final regular season game that Jackson could be entering the transfer portal. Jackson reportedly did not take part in Canes Walk before the game against Pittsburgh. Jackson recorded one assisted tackle against the Panthers. Jackson is the 11th Miami player to enter the transfer portal.