Tennessee landed a much-needed defensive lineman Monday evening when a former USC Trojan decided to transfer to Rocky Top.
Former Trojan defensive end Malik Jackson confirmed with InsideTennessee.com Monday night of his decision.
“It was a decision that took at least two weeks,” Jackson said. “I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision and it was the right situation for me.”
He took a visit a couple of weeks ago and was very impressed with the new Tennessee coaching staff.
“The team chemistry the current players have with the new coaching staff is impressive,” Jackson said. “I like Coach Dooley and his staff.”
According to Jackson, he is currently 6-foot-4 and a half and weighs about 265-270 pounds. He stated that the Tennessee coaching staff is telling him that he will play defensive end at UT.
“They are saying DE,” Jackson said. “It doesn’t matter to me as long as I’m on the field somewhere.”
Jackson made his decision known to his former coaching staff on Monday.
“Coach (Ed) Orgeron wasn’t too happy at all,” Jackson said. “Both Coach Kiffins told me to do what I thought was best for me, but to make sure I was making the right decision.”
Jackson will arrive in Knoxville on Tuesday and will begin summer classes either Wednesday or Thursday. He will be a junior and eligible to play this fall.
Jackson has a twin brother Marquis, who is playing at Texas Southern in Houston.