LSU football: 5 players poised for a breakout year

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Jul 9, 2014; Beaverton, OR, USA; Land Sharks cornerback Donte Jackson (4) returns an interception as Vapor Carbon wide receiver Christian Kirk (2) gives chase during Nike Football

Donte Jackson

Donte Jackson is by far the biggest wildcard of this group.

There is a good possibility that he will see very little action this season, as he sits behind NFL prospect Tre’Davious White and talented sophomore Ed Paris on the depth chart at cornerback. At 5-foot-11 and 168 pounds, he will also be at a size disadvantage on nearly every play.

However, his home-run potential in the return game, as well as the suspension of nickelback Dwayne Thomas, opens up a chance for Jackson to make a lasting impression during his freshman campaign.

Per 247Sports, Jackson arrives on campus as the No. 3 athlete and No. 3 overall player from the State of Louisiana from the 2015 recruiting class. He will be competing with another newcomer, Kevin Toliver II, for playing time in nickel and dime packages, but Jackson’s blinding speed gives him the edge as a player who can be a game-changer from Day 1.

It will be impossible to know what kind of impact Jackson will have in 2015, if any at all, but the stage is certainly set for him to become the next LSU defensive back to experience success as a true freshman. Even if his only action comes as a return specialist.

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