If your nickname is “Cheetah,” you’d better be fast.
LSU junior defensive back Donte Jackson earns his nickname and then some. NFL.com recently ranked him No. 1 in their article, 17 for ’17: College Football’s Fastest Players. Now that former University of Washington receiver John Ross is in the NFL (with the Cincinnati Bengals), Jackson takes the crown as college football’s fastest man.
As a freshman, Jackson was timed at 4.24 seconds in the 40-Yard Dash. He also competes on LSU’s track team, where he’s turned in some supersonic times. His personal bests include a 6.63 60-meter dash at the 2016 SEC Indoor Championships and a blazing 10.22 100-meter dash at the 2017 SEC Relays.
All that lower-body power also makes him an explosive jumper:
Last season, Jackson recorded 39 tackles, 2 interceptions, 8 passes defended and a forced fumble. He also returns kicks for the Tigers, and he could see time at wide receiver this season. “I agree 100 percent [that I’m the fastest player in college football],” Jackson told the SEC Network. “They call me the fastest man in college football; that means I can’t get beat, I can’t get ran by, I can’t get beat in the open field. So I understand that puts a huge target on my back.”
Jackson’s turf-melting speed is on full display in his high school highlight tape: