LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska CB Lamar Jackson was the Huskers’ highest-rated recruit in the 2016 class, ranked the No. 5 safety in the nation by 247Sports. Landing him was a huge win for the Huskers on the recruiting trail.
And though he played a little his freshman year, some expect Jackson to have a breakout season in 2017.
But cornerbacks coach Donte Williams says: Pump the breaks.
“Talent, sometimes, can only take you so far,” Williams said following practice Tuesday.
Williams thinks of Jackson as a first-round talent, and is excited about Jackson’s opportunities going forward. But he is also trying to taper expectations.
“Everybody thinks he’s somehow already supposed to be a great corner. Well Lamar in high school played quarterback and safety,” Williams said. “And this is a totally different ball game.”
As a senior at Franklin High School in Elk Grove, Calif., Jackson threw for 544 yards and 4 touchdowns, ran for 644 yards and 9 touchdowns, and had 28 total tackles at safety.
The talent, Williams said, is there. And it is exciting.
Now Jackson needs to put in the work to learn the corner position.
“He’s learning how to be a football player within the defense,” Williams said. “Once he learns techniques and exactly what he needs to do, talent takes over. And so I have no doubt in my mind when the talent takes over, he’s going to be better than the guy he lines up on.”