Miami Hurricanes land Maryland transfer DL Darrell Jackson

The Miami Hurricanes landed transfer defensive lineman Darrell Jackson on Tuesday. He made the announcement in a tweet on Tuesday evening.

Jackson most recently played at Maryland. He played in eight games in 2021, recording 22 total tackles on the year. He had six tackle outings against Illinois on September 17 and Virginia Tech on December 29.

One of the biggest things Jackson can bring to the Miami Hurricanes is size. He measures in at six-foot-six, 274 pounds. There is a common misconception when it comes to defensive lineman that they should be pass-rushers. However, Jackson should be viewed more as a space-filler which will help when it comes to defending the run game.

Jackson also has ties to the Florida area. He played his high school football for Gadsen  County.

When you look at the new additions that the Miami Hurricanes have made just in the last month or so, it is clear that the coaching staff wants to remake the defensive line. They were able to bring in Akheem Mesidor and Mitchell Agude within the last month. It is not as though the Hurricanes do not want to develop players on that side of the football at this time. They want proven impact players. This is exactly what the transfer portal is for, and Mario Cristobal’s  not afraid to use it.

Although Jackson’s statistics do not exactly pop off the page, he does bring ACC experience as well as a bit of playing time to his resume. He has the opportunity to be a force in the trenches for Miami. Jackson may be a bit more raw in comparison to some of the other commitments we have seen over the last month. However, the potential is there, and coaching staff is in place for him to develop and be an impact player.

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