Demetrius Jackson, a 4-star defensive end from Booker T. Washington, has decommitted from the Miami Hurricanes, though the team still remains in his top four.
InsideTheU.com, part of the 247Sports network, broke the news on Monday:
Jackson (6'4'', 230 lbs) isn't exactly a blue-chipper, ranking all the way down at No. 421 on the 247Sports composite. He's relatively new to the sport of football, having focused most of his previous attention on basketball, and his skill set is fairly raw.
Still, because of his rangy frame and solid athleticism, Jackson would still be a nice addition to any program's recruiting haul. Despite placing so low on the overall 247Sports composite, he's the No. 20 weak-side defensive end, making him relatively valuable in a shallow class at his position.
Miami's 2014 class does include Chad Thomas (Jackson's high school teammate) and Trent Harris, the respective Nos. 3 and 14 weak-side ends, so it would be able to stomach the potential loss of Jackson. But with a defense that has struggled so mightily these past few seasons, the Hurricanes could definitely use the depth and the upside that Jackson would provide.
Along with Miami in his current top four are Louisville, Arkansas and West Virginia, according to a tweet that Jackson sent out on Monday:
Arkansas ..UM.. Louisville ..West Virginia .. my top 4— Demetrius Jackson (@F5_Jackson) December 9, 2013
Save maybe Arkansas, none of those programs has quite the allure of The U, but none are a recruiting pushover either. There's obviously a reason he felt the need to re-open his recruitment, so the 'Canes need to get back on the trail and remind Jackson why he committed in the first place.
Miami ranks fifth in the current 247Sports team rankings.