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Early Signing Day 2019: Four-star defensive end Drake Jackson signs with the USC Trojans

The defensive end out of Centennial High School is staying local with the USC Trojans.

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Four-star defensive end Drake Jackson has signed with the USC Trojans over Arizona State. Jackson hails from high school football powerhouse Centennial in Corona, California.

The 6-foot-4, 260 pounder is the No. 12 strong side defensive end in the nation and the No. 24 player in California. Jackson brings strength and size to the USC defense and will join fellow defensive end 2019 signee Nick Figueroa, to add depth to the Trojans’ young defense.

Per, Jackson runs a 4.62 second shuttle and has a 30.70 inch vertical jump. He is a player that can compete for playing time right out of the gate, with his size, strength, and talent, and will be a force for rival quarterbacks to reckon with.

Jackson has the stature to take after heralded linebacker Porter Gustin, who is leaving USC for the NFL Draft. Per Greg Biggins of, Jackson may be taking over the predator position.

Jackson recorded 84 total tackles, nine and a half sacks, and one interception during his high school career and Centennial. His high school accolades earned him an invitation to the Army All-American Bowl, where USC fans can watch him in action January 5, on NBC.