You might be hard-pressed to find a Bruin football fan who doesn’t recognize the name Myles Jack. After all, Jack impressed Bruin fans from almost the moment he stepped on campus in 2013.
Well, the UCLA Bruins’ 2020 recruiting class picked up some much needed help at linebacker this afternoon when Myles Jackson of Mill Creek HS in Hoschton, Georgia committed to the Bruins. His name may literally mean the “son of Jack” and, of course, he shares the same first name as the former Bruin, but the similarities may not end there.
Watching his junior year highlights from Hudl.com, Jackson’s play is reminiscent of a certain linebacker with a nearly identical name.
Like the now-Jacksonville Jaguar, the newest Bruin commit appears to be a big-time playmaker. He can make plays either as a defensive end or from the inside linebacker position. There’s no indication, however, that he can play offense like the former Bruin.
Hudl lists Jackson at 6’3” tall and weighing 235 pounds. He runs a 4.75 40-yard dash, bench presses 340 pounds, and can squat 500 pounds.
Jackson announced his commitment on Twitter this afternoon after receiving an offer today during an unofficial visit, according to Patrick Yew of 247Sports.com.
He chose UCLA over offers from the Air Force Academy, the Naval Academy and the US Military Academy at West Point as well as numerous Ivy League schools. Yew reports that Jackson had visited future UCLA opponent Coastal Carolina recently. If Jackson plays all four years at UCLA, he will get to play against at least one of the programs he had interest from as Coastal Carolina will visit the Rose Bowl in 2023.
In 12 games last season for Mill Creek HS, Jackson had 64 tackles, 2 sacks, 6 tackles for loss, and 2 fumble recoveries.
Welcome to Westwood, Myles Jackson!