July 17, 2024

Signee Profile: Theo Jackson

Tennessee has added a very versatile defensive back in Theo Jackson. The Nashville native has the ability to play three separate positions in the secondary.

Photo by Sumner Gilliam

A Pride of the Southland member falls in line before the Vols play Kentucky on Nov. 12, 2016.


Theo Jackson is from Overton High School in Nashville, Tennessee. At 6 feet 2 inches and 175 pounds, Jackson is a safety who has been committed to Tennessee since June 18, 2016.


247Sports: No. 39 safety, No. 485 overall player in the class of 2017

Rivals: No. 50 safety, not ranked nationally in the class of 2017

ESPN: No. 43 safety, not ranked in the ESPN 300 for the class of 2017


Jackson has an offer list consisting of 12 schools: Arkansas State, Jackson State, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Miami (OH), MTSU, Tennessee, UAB, Utah State, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky. Jackson chose the Vols, with Louisville and Vanderbilt also being in his top three.

Film Review

Jackson is a big time athlete, who is known as a hard-hitting safety. He possesses a ton of versatility, even playing at quarterback for his high school team during the course of his senior season. At Tennessee, Jackson has the potential to play safety, corner, or even nickel. In his film, Jackson shows nice range from his safety position, flying around the field, striking running backs and wide receivers in his way. Jackson shows great elusiveness and quickness, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him returning punts or kicks during the course of his career on Rocky Top.

With Tennessee’s defensive backs being the weakness of the defense last season, Jackson has the potential to come in and play right away.

Edited by Quinn Pilkey

Featured image by Sumner Gillam