Jackson Feeling Good About OLB

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Woodgrove (Purcellville, VA) rising senior Jordan “JJ” Jackson was in Charlottesville this past Saturday, watching his future team in action, talking football with defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta, and getting to know fellow University of Virginia football commitments. Following the visit, the 6’4″, 220-pound Jackson is excited about the new Virginia defensive coordinator’s initial plans for him.

“I’m totally comfortable now with outside linebacker,” said Jackson, who also could develop into a hand-on-the-ground defensive end. He primarily plays with a hand on the ground at Woodgrove.

“Outside linebacker has a little bit of everything. I’d have the opportunity to drop back and rush the quarterback. In high school, I don’t think I get to use 100-percent of my athleticism. My main job is to get after the quarterback. I feel I’ll get to use everything by playing outside linebacker.”

As a linebacker, Jackson will work directly under Tenuta, who coaches linebackers in addition to his duties as defensive coordinator.

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On Saturday, Jackson enjoyed the chance to get to know 5-star rising senior defensive tackle Andrew Brown , who is also committed to the Hoos.

“We both got there early. We got there quite early, before the other recruits, and we just sat in the lounge and talked,” said Jackson, who noted that 5-star rising senior safety Quin Blanding , top rising junior offensive tackle Matthew Burrell Jr., and rising junior defensive tackle Tim Settle were at UVa on Saturday as well. “It was the first time I had met him. We just talked about basic stuff. He talked about enrolling early. He’s a good guy.”

Overall, Saturday’s experience “was great,” Jackson said. “We watched a preseason highlight film. I saw the locker room, which I had already seen many times. Then the players came out. And then the coaches. The team scrimmaged, and then they had barbecue, hamburgers, and a lot of other stuff out for us. I talked to Coach Tenuta and Coach Poindexter. I talked to some other recruits. As this process winds down, with the players that have committed you get to see