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The Cardinal Countdown: 8 Days Until Kickoff

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#8 Jarrett Jackson

Class: Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-6/281

Position: Defensive End

Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL

Twitter: @Jsavagee_5

Thoughts: Almost fourteen seasons removed from taking the Yellow Jackets to the National Title game Jarrett Jack somehow still has a few seasons of college eligilibi-…huh, oh Jarrett JACKSON. I’m sorry Mrs. Jackson. Jarrett was another early enrollee for the Cards back in January, finishing up his high school requirements at the winter break. Jarrett is considered a Top 50 defensive end across the board from all services and picked the Cards over pretty much every other ACC school and a handful of SEC schools in South Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee to name a few. Jackson picked the Cards over the other because…well, I’ll just let him tell you

‘Welcome to Floridaville’

As he said in the video above Jarrett is indeed “physical, tenacious, nasty”. His size alone allowed him to dominate most of the guys he went up against in high school, beating up not only the smaller guys but also D-I commits to big time schools. You can see after watching some film he’s certainly raw in a few areas but enrolling early was a big benefit to his development and Coach LD Scott already mentioned him a player he was really impressed with coming out of Spring ball. With a few upperclassmen looking to cement themselves on the defensive line and a couple transfers who came in looking to make an impact I would suspect Jackson would be relegated to mostly backing up those guys and getting reps here or there when the situation is right. If it makes sense I wouldn’t be horribly upset with a four game redshirt for Jackson but if he proves to be much too valuble to keep off the field, well, I wouldn’t be too sad over that either. Check out JJ ruining kids Friday nights below…

Sweet Tweet:

If football doesn’t work out for the early enrollees they can likely drop a fire R&B album. #FireEmoji


#8 Jatavious Harris

Class: Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-1/188

Position: Wide Receiver

Hometown: Milledgeville, GA

Twitter: @screamtaaye

Thoughts: Speed, fast, quick, he can fly, swift, wheels, rockets, [breaks out thesaurus] spry, agile…alright, I’m done. Jatavious Harris comes to the Cards via the great state of Georgia. The Cards beat out Florida, West Virginia, Purdue, NC State, Mississippi State, Miami, Michigan State...just…alot of schools, okay. As described above Harris can scoot, in fact he’s the defending state champ in the 100m posting a 10.6s time last year. If you’re eyes are fast enough catch some of that quickness below…

Harris was a Top 100 wide receiver nationally last year and is another early enrollee from back in January. From a personal standpoint I’m still undecided on kids leaving high school early as I think they may miss out some memories in the long run, but from a purely selfish “fan” viewpoint, bring them all into the fold in January. While the guys that enroll early are usually “higher profile” players the percentage of those guys who see the field as true freshman has to be astronomical in comparison to the guys who show up in July. This argument is another reason that early signing period in December could really change the face of college football moving forward.

For Jatavious specifically the road to PT in 2018 may be a bumpy one. The wide receivers room is stacked with talent and there are some two/three year guys that have earned those second team reps, and beating them out of that time is going to a challenge for even the best player. I hope we get to see Harris in a few unique situations this year where his speed and athleticism can be a benefit, otherwise, keep the cap on his four years and let the dog start to eat in 2019.

Sweet Tweet:

I’m buying what you’re selling Taa. When I started typing this it was 8 days before kickoff. Now it’s like 7 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes and 25 seconds before kickoff…..

7 days, 23 hours, 58 minutes, and 23 seconds……22 seconds….21 seconds…