Miami lands Booker T. Washington defensive lineman

Sun Sentinel

The commits keep coming for the Miami Hurricanes.

Miami didn't have to go far to land its 19th commitment for the Class of 2014, but it did have to dig deep to find Booker T. Washington's Demetrius Jackson, who confirmed that he committed to the Hurricanes Friday. 

The defensive end was way under the radar on the South Florida recruiting scene, and for good reason — he's yet to play in a real high school football game.

Jackson, a basketball player, joined the BTW football team this spring and earned offers from Arkansas, FIU and Louisville with his practice performances.

At 6-foot-4, 225 pounds and with 4.6 second speed in the 40-yard dash, it's easy to understand why.

A close family friend of Arkansas signee and former Booker T. Washington offensive lineman Denver Kirkland, Jackson verbally committed to the Razorbacks on June 20, but the Arkansas coaching staff did not accept his commitment, as he had not visited Fayetteville.

That's when Miami stepped in, courting the rookie and landing his verbal commitment.

"I grew up a Cane," Jackson said in a text message Friday. "UM produces great defensive ends and it's a great program overall."



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