One of the most impressive looking specimens at the Stanford Nike combine was Xzavie Jackson (6-3, 235, 4.5) from Vacaville (Calif.) Wood.
Jackson was a striking figure who had size, speed and moved gracefully for a guy his stature.
At the Nike combine held at Stanford, Jackson benched 185 pounds, 15 times and recorded a 30 1/2-inch vertical jump. He also ran a very impressive 4.16 shuttle at the combine.
A versatile player, Jackson lines up at tight end and wide receiver on the offensive side of ball. On defense, Jackson plays strong side linebacker. He had a breakout year as a sophomore when he caught a league best 25 passes, for 686 yards also tops in his league while averaging 26.3 yards per catch, yes that was a league best and seven touchdowns.
Jackson was a marked man as a junior and his yardage was significantly down from his sophomore year but his reception totals were up. He caught 31 passes for 328 yards for an average of 10.5 yards per catch and three touchdowns.
Jackson has the talent to play on either side of the ball as a D-I player. Some schools like him as a WR. Can you imagine the match-up problems Jackson will cause?
There aren’t many guys who possess the size, speed and hands that Jackson does. He can run and catch with the best of them. Jackson also has the uncanny knack of finding the open seam in a pass pattern and is a tremendous runner after the catch.
On defense the opposition runs plays away from Jackson, but he is very active and finds a way to get to the ball. “I pride myself to get to the ball even though teams never run my way,” Jackson said.
USC, UNLV, San Diego State, Fresno State, New Mexico State and Utah State came by Wood high school this past May.
If Jackson’s grades get up to snuff, there will be even more schools pounding on this door this fall.
One to keep an eye on…