2018 NFL Draft: Carolina Panthers, 2nd Round (55th overall)
2017 Second Team All-America (Sporting News)
2017 Second Team All-SEC (Coaches)
Arguably the fastest player in college football in both 2016 and 2017 … Possesses World class speed … Two sport standout at LSU as he was part of LSU’s SEC Championship 4x100 relay team in the spring of 2017 … Played in 37 games with 24 starts in the secondary for the Tigers … For career, compiled 116 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, and four interceptions … Added 22 pass breakups and a sack … Two-sport letterwinner during his LSU career, also serving as a sprinter for track team in 2017 … On football field, lined up at a variety of positions including cornerback, nickel back, wide receiver, punt returner and kickoff returner … Clocked at 4.31 in the 40-yard dash at LSU’s Pro Timing Day in April of 2018 after turning in a time of 4.31 at the 2018 NFL Combine … Chose to forgo senior season and entered the 2018 NFL Draft.
JUNIOR SEASON (2017)
Earned second team All-America honors from the Sporting News and second team All-SEC honors as selected by the league’s coaches … Played in 13 games with 12 starts ... Finished with 51 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack and an interception … Ranked second on team in pass breakups with 10 … Recorded a career-best nine tackles in road win over Florida … Added a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup against the Gators … Had eight tackles, including a sack for an 8-yard loss, in win over Arkansas … Had four tackles and an interception in home finale against Texas A&M … Came up with four pass breakups, including three on Auburn’s final possession , in LSU’s 27-23 win over the Tigers … Batted down passes on three straight plays on the final possession of the game to help seal LSU’s 20-point comeback win over Auburn in Tiger Stadium.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2016)
Played in 12 games with 11 starts ... Recorded the second-most pass breakups with eight on the season ... Also had 39 tackles ... Returned seven kickoffs during the season, including a long of 40 against Jacksonville State … Also totaled two interceptions and a forced fumble … Recorded four tackles at Texas A&M ... Notched five tackles, all of which were solo, at Arkansas … Logged a career-high seven tackles against Alabama ... Intercepted his second pass for the season and tallied, a then career-high, six tackles against Ole Miss ... Recorded two pass break ups against Mississippi State... Returned a pickoff for 40 yards and compiled four tackles against Jacksonville State ... Recorded three tackles and forced his first career fumble in the season opener against Wisconsin.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2015)
Played in all 12 games with one start at cornerback in the Texas Bowl against Texas Tech … Accumulated 26 total tackles, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery, one interception and half a tackle for loss … On offense he carried the ball once for 14 yards against Auburn … On special teams he returned eight kickoffs for 164 yards and four punts for six yards … Made his first career interception late in the game against Texas A&M, and he also recovered a fumble against the Aggies … Half tackle for a loss came in the bowl game versus Texas Tech … Posted a season-best four tackles against Syracuse, Ole Miss and Texas Tech.
ON THE TRACK
One of the NCAA’s top sprinters during the 2017 track season … An SEC finalist in the 60 meters indoors and 100 meters outdoors at the SEC Championships … Placed eighth in both events at the conference meet … Opened his 2017 outdoor season by clocking a wind-legal personal best of 10.22 seconds in the 100-meter dash at the SEC Relays … Won his heat in 10.22 with a legal tailwind of 1.6 meters per second … Clocked a wind-legal 10.23 (+0.7) in the preliminary round at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Led off LSU’s 4x100-meter relay throughout the 2017 season … Crowned an SEC Champion in the event as the Tigers were the only team to break 39 seconds with a winning time of 38.71 at the SEC meet … Helped run the team’s fastest time of the season at 38.57 in winning the relay title at the Mt. SAC Relays in April … Also ran on LSU’s winning 4x100-meter relay at the inaugural SEC Relays where the Tigers clocked 38.88 in the final … Opened his indoor season with a seasonal-best time of 6.66 in the 60-meter prelims at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic to rank among the Top 20 sprinters in the NCAA during the 2017 indoor season … Owns a personal best of 6.63 in the 60-meter dash from the 2016 season to rank No. 4 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the event.
Explosive athlete that brings track speed and tremendous ball skills to the cornerback position ... Rated as a five-star prospect by 247Sports and Scout and listed as a four-star recruit by Rivals and ESPN ... Ranked as high as the No. 10 overall prospect nationally by 247Sports and the No. 5 cornerback nationally by Scout ... Recorded 59 tackles and five tackles for a loss as a senior ... Accounted for 1,637 yards and 20 touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball in 2014 ... Standout on his high school track and field team as well ... Won the Louisiana Class 4A State Outdoor Championship in the 100-meter dash by posting a time of 10.42 in May 2014 ... Captured the 200-meter state in 2014 as well ... Repeated as 100-meter (10.30 seconds) and 200-meter (21.26 seconds) champion at the 2015 Louisiana Class 4A Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA State Outdoor Track & Field Meet ... Member of the Rivals 250, ESPN 300, 247Sports Top 247 and Scout 300 ... Selected for the US Army All-American Game ... Attended Nike’s The Opening, a camp for the country’s top prospects ... Member of the Advocate’s 2015 Super Dozen ... Coached by Brett Bonnafons.
Parents are Yashica Jackson and Aaron Morrison ... Born Nov. 8, 1995 ... Majoring in sport administration.
DONTE JACKSON’S CAREER HIGHS
Total tackles: 9 at Florida, 2017
Tackles for loss: 2.0 vs. Arkansas, 2017
Sacks: 1.0 vs. Arkansas, 2017
Interceptions: 1, four times (Last: vs. Texas A&M, 2017; First: vs. Texas A&M, 2015)
Pass Breakups: 4 vs. Auburn, 2017