Wide-receiver-turned-cornerback Joshua Jackson proved his move to defense was the right call with a jaw-dropping interception during Spring Camp.
Joshua Jackson spent USC football's 2020 season buried on the wide receiver depth chart. Now in 2021, he's making a real push for playing time...on defense.
Jackson swapped over from receiver to cornerback for Spring Camp and it's already looking like a fruitful decision for both the player and the team.
The redshirt freshman looked like a natural lining up opposite receivers during Saturday's full-pads outing.
His highlight-reel-worthy interception during 11-on-11 work was the best moment of the day.
Joshua Jackson looks like a contender for a starting place in 2021
Sometimes players have a single big moment and it drives their hype for the rest of camp, but that's not the case with Jackson so far. He was a standout figure throughout the practice, not just when the cameras were rolling.
At 6-foot-1, Jackson brings great length as a cornerback. He's picking up the technical aspects of the position quickly while using his natural athleticism and ball skills honed as a wide receiver to make life difficult for his opponents.
You might expect a recently-converted player to commit major errors from time to time, but Jackson largely avoided those.
Competition at the cornerback spots will continue throughout this offseason. Chris Steele is expected to retain his starting job while the job opposite will involve a battle between Jackson, Isaac Taylor-Stuart, Jayden Williams, Dorian Hewett, Adonis Otey and newcomers Ceyair Wright, Prophet Brown and Jaylin Smith. Playing time behind the eventual starters is up for grabs as well.
Jackson has gotten himself off to an impressive start. It should be fun to watch him continue to develop at the position as the offseason rolls on.