Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams has asked local and national reporters to watch cornerback Khyree Jackson during the college football playoffs.
“When you see Khyree, you’re going to like her,” Williams said.
Jackson, a junior college transfer from East Mississippi Community College, posted via Twitter as of December 31, 2020, would be worth the wait. As a native of Maryland, he had the opportunity to play in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against Cincinnati.
December 31st will be a time to wait pic.twitter.com/ctJmM3A63T
– KHYREE “REE” JACKSON (@Real_Khyree) December 10, 2021
Nick Saban replaced Jalyn Armor-Davis with Jackson, and the 2021 signatory performed well against the Bearcats.
The 6-3, 197-pound player made three tackles and one pass break. Alabama’s defensive front smothered Desmond Ridder and kept him from attacking his high school, but Jackson maintained perfect cover on Cincinnati receivers. In an interview with his former high school coach, DaLawn Parrish, Jackson was an elite catcher at Wise High School.
“He was an exceptional player,” Parrish said of Jackson.
“He could get the ball up high, and it was explosive. We were unstoppable with him on the wide receiver, and he shone brightly on the biggest stage. Khyree has always been physical and very dominant. He knows where a receiver is trying to go. It reads routes and splits. Khyree has elite hand-eye coordination so he knows what to do when he gets the ball back.
Jackson’s size, speed and athleticism could be crucial in Alabama’s rematch against Georgia for the college football playoff national championship game. Pete Golding, defensive coordinator for Crimson Tide, said Jackson understands defensive concepts.
“Khyree understands the covers, terminology and communication,” Golding told reporters Wednesday. “I think every time you’re a new player in a new system… you’re calm when things stand still. When things start to move, how quickly can you process them? It’s a struggle for anyone, especially a new player or a beginner. i thought he [Jackson] did well. It has the length you need at the corner. He can play the ball in the deep end of the field.
Golding said Jackson has the competitive fire and tenacity for the job.
Henry To’oto’o, a linebacker, came to Alabama this summer with Jackson. To’oto’o arrived as a transfer from the University of Tennessee. He had to learn Crimson Tide defense, but the California native recently played his best mark in football.
To’oto’o said Jackson is important in defense for Alabama.
“Khyree worked hard,” To’oto’o said. “He deserves it. He’s stepped up a lot for us. He’s doing a terrific job at the corner position. He’s going to come in day in and day out and work, try to learn all he can. And he’s got talent. to be able to have him there, to do what he does, he’s a natural player. “
In his latest social media post, Jackson wants to prove that the SEC Championship win over Georgia was no fluke for Alabama.
You gotta do it more than once, show emm it wasn’t luck pic.twitter.com/criAR7WWGf
– KHYREE “REE” JACKSON (@Real_Khyree) January 5, 2022
He has the opportunity next week at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
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