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Bennett Jackson moving to defensive back

Feb 1, 2011, 12:29 AM EDT

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Today the Irish recruiting class took a hit, with cornerback Bennett Okotcha reportedly switching his commitment from the Irish to Oklahoma after a weekend visit. But whether it was a reaction to the news or an already planned switch, the Irish responded with a fairly large cornerback commitment of their own — quite literally — when Bennett Jackson announced on his Twitter page that he’s switching to defensive back, taking over Darrin Walls’ No. 2 jersey.

Expect Brian Kelly to discuss the move on Wednesday during his 1:00 p.m. signing day press conference, but he hinted at something like this 10 days ago when he wrapped up season one. While most people focused on Theo Riddick’s name, the idea of shifting Bennett Jackson, or one of the surplus wide receivers to defensive back, makes perfect sense. The fact that Jackson was a tackling machine on special teams makes this move all the more logical.

Jackson immediately moves into the two-deep conversation at either cornerback or safety, and he’ll provide top-flight speed that’ll help him overcome any catching up he’ll need to do developmentally.


  1. notredave - Feb 1, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    What an impressive thing for the young man to do. Put team above self. Kudos to you Bennett! Go Irish!!

    • whisk3yjack - Feb 1, 2011 at 12:44 PM

      It makes sense both for the team and for Bennett; his chances of breaking the two-deep at WR were not good next season.

      I love this move; makes perfect sense. ND has an abundance of talent at WR, and is painfully thin at CB. Bennett has the perfect build, elite speed/ athleticism, but his hands aren’t good enough to start at WR… so move him to CB and let him swat down passes instead.

  2. rcali - Feb 1, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    Start checking Okotcha’s bank accounts.

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