Several weeks back Guelph received a commitment from Tim Jackson of Burnaby, BC’s St Thomas More Collegiate. Jackson was a two-way starter at receiver and strong safety for the Knights who were the top-ranked team in British Columbia throughout the season. STMC was undefeated until upset in the provincial AAA playoffs. Jackson was a teammate throughout his high school career of Mikey Carney, another member of the Gryphon 2012 recruiting class.
In 2011 Jackson played in 9 games and was selected a conference All Star. His defensive stats included 54 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 1 INT & a blocked FG. Jackson wasn’t just a football player at STMC. He reached the BC High School wrestling championships as a junior. Jackson also played lacrosse for his school as well as outside club teams.
In his own words,
“I was flattered by the attention I received from all the universities I visited but at the end of the day Guelph just feels like the right place for me.”
When you watch Jackson’s highlights it’s quickly apparent by the way he is being used at strong safety that there is something different about H.S. football in BC. It is the one province in Canada where high school teams play with American rules. Thus you will see that Jackson is generally lined up in the box, frequently head-up on the TE. At 6′ 195lbs and very physical, Jackson would seem to be a player with the versatility to play either DB or LB. Jackson may be a good candidate to become a Sam linebacker in the Guelph system. Jackson also has very good Grade 11 highlights which can be found here.