2016 Kentucky Football Signee - Drake Jackson
Drake Jackson, Center, 6-2, 302, Fr.-HS, Versailles, Ky. (Woodford County) – U.S. Army All-American, named a team captain for the West squad … Helped the West win the game, 37-9 ... Two-time first-team all-state selection by the Courier-Journal and The Associated Press ... A 2015 Herald-Leader “Class of Commonwealth” honoree ... A four-star prospect by all four major recruiting services who is tabbed by Scout.com as the nation’s top center recruit … Invited to Nike’s The Opening – the most prestigious football recruiting camp of the 2015 summer – and the Rivals 100 Five-Star Challenge … The nation’s second-best center, according to 247sports.com, which also ranks him as the second-best prospect in the state and the 140th best in the nation … Ranked as the second-best center and the second-best prospect in the state by Rivals.com after recording 163 pancake blocks as a senior … ESPN.com ranks him the third-best center and No. 2 overall in the state … Rated by Scout.com as the 83rd best prospect in the nation … Coached by former UK All-SEC defensive end Dennis Johnson … Johnson says, “Good footwork, works hard in the weight room, is super-duper smart and asks a lot of questions about what to do, which is great because not many high school linemen do that. His mental capacity is way above most high school kids.” … The four-year letterwinner picked UK over Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee and LSU.
Personal: Born in Lexington, Ky. ... Son of Brian and Candy Jackson … Major is business.
Coach Stoops on Jackson: “Drake is an outstanding lineman with polished technique for a player coming out of high school. He has the will to succeed and he thrives in a competition setting. Being elected captain of the West squad by his peers for the Army All-American Game just proves what type of person he is. He is a great leader and competitor.”