By LEE BRECHEEN, Louisiana Football Magazine
Every year what I love about the great game of high school football is seeing young men who grow into their bodies and start approaching full potential going into their senior year.
I see it all the time. I don’t like early recruiting rankings on sophomores or juniors, or even the full senior class because kids get better, and at times, really fast like today’s prospect, a big-time national sleeper, defensive back Kody Jackson of Evangel Christian High School.
Kody can play free safety, strong safety or cornerback. He looked the part in his sophomore and junior seasons and everything is coming together at the right time in 2022. I was at the Dutchtown game in 2021 and was impressed. I had seen him in 2020 as a sophomore and came away impressed by his upside, and he’s developed nicely. He’s that guy who will go up the rankings.
He’s as good as any safety in Louisiana and in the end will pick his college if he continues to put in the work. Listening to his coach, Denny Duron, and his position coach, Fabian Carter, you get the idea Kody is dialed in.
“Kody Jackson is a prototype safety, a long 6-3, 185, physical, and has closing speed with a 4.40 40-yard dash. He is a student of the game and his football IQ is impressive to me,” said Duron, the former national champion Louisiana Tech quarterback in the early 1970s. “He is a big timer and his best football is still ahead of him. He is an emotional leader on the defense and keeps everybody’s fire stoked.”
Carter appreciates his standout’s approach.
“Kody has grown into a fearless force,” said Carter. “He is very physical, lengthy, fast, and he plays with an attitude to devour opponents in a good way for football.”
Jackson says LSU has always been a favorite to him, and he enjoyed watching Alabama and Florida “because of how aggressive their players were.
“My position coach Fabian Carter is very detailed and enthusiastic,” Jackson said. “He is a great leader and always pushes his guys to be the best. He has helped me to become a very disciplined and aggressive player.”
Jackson has great respect for his head coach, also the headmaster of Evangel.
“Coach Denny is a great spiritual leader and he always encourages his guys to do the best. He always pushes the guys to have great character on and off the field.”
Jackson doesn’t have to look too far to find his favorite rival school.
“My favorite team to play every year would be Huntington because they are down the street from Evangel High School,” he said.
Jackson is not a one-sport guy. He loves playing centerfield in baseball and sees benefits from it.
“I think playing other sports is great because it can help you with the other sports that you may play,” he says.
He likes to use an Evangel graduate as inspiration for the college days ahead; Baylor’s starting quarterback Blake Shapen is “one player I look up to,” says Jackson.
NOTES ON KODY JACKSON: In 2021, he had 50 tackles and made two interceptions. In a recent 7-on-7 competition at LSU, Kody made four interceptions and helped Evangel win the event. His GPA is 4.0. He has an offer from UL-Lafayette and is talking with several other colleges. Kody’s dad played basketball and ran track for North Caddo High.
Contact Lee at LBrecheen@aol.com