Datona Jackson, the #4 strongside defensive end among junior college players, has officially signed with the UCLA Bruins.
As of last Wednesday, Datona had committed to Southern Cal, but had also decided to take a late visit to Oregon. According 247Sports, Datona relayed the situation as this:
[I] committed to them on Wednesday but said I was going to take my last official visit just to take it and [USC head coach Clay] Helton was cool with it and encouraged it. But when I came back and asked where my paper work was to sign, they said the spot already filled up because they were unsure if I was coming, when I made it clear my decision was made. But I guess they forgot I’m grown and can see through BS better than some kid can.
I like this kid already. He sees the Trojans for what they are.
Listed at 6’4”, 265, Datona has more to him than meets the eye. He actually had no offers coming out of high school in Ohio, so he took three years off and worked with his dad following graduation. In 2017, he gave football another shot.
After an amazing first season with the College of the Desert, the offers began rolling in. He received invitations from Southern Cal, Oregon, Nebraska, Florida, and Florida Atlantic, but, ultimately, made the right decision and signed with the Bruins.
The 23-year-old will bring a stable, mature presence to the defensive line. He is credited with 29 total tackles and 1.5 sacks on the season and will be key to the pass rush, which was sorely lacking this year. He will fill gaps left by departed Jaelan Phillips.
Welcome to Westwood, Datona!