Editor’s note: As LSU prepares for what should be a promising 2016 campaign, expectations are sky-high as the team returns 18 starters and the nation’s third-ranked recruiting class.
Over the next few weeks, SEC Country will take a closer look at LSU’s 25 most important players who will determine whether this upcoming season will be a success or letdown.
No. 20: Donte Jackson
It may not be a question as to which LSU player runs the fastest 40. That honor belongs solely to Donte Jackson, a rising sophomore who should see an expanded role in the Tigers’ secondary in 2016, as well as on return duties.
In fact, Jackson may be the fastest player in Baton Rouge, La., the SEC and perhaps the country.
The 5-foot-11, 167-pound New Orleans native enjoyed a quietly productive freshman campaign in which he intercepted his first career pass in the regular-season finale against Texas A&M.
Jackson saw added reps in the LSU secondary this spring, even while he competed on the school’s outdoor track team. However, the sophomore was eventually ruled academically ineligible, but should be back for fall camp without question.
He fits in as an ideal nickelback and will be a part of the secondary rotation, and he could eventually split reps with Tre’Davious White and Derrius Guice on kickoff and punt returns.
With such outstanding speed and quickness, the LSU coaches have the luxury of using Jackson in a multitude of roles.
Coming Tuesday: A subtle red-zone threat
- No. 25: Danny Etling
- No. 24: Kristian Fulton, Saivion Smith
- No. 23: Devin White
- No. 22: Tyron Johnson
- No. 21: Rashard Lawrence
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.