Western Michigan bolstered its defensive line Thursday night as Daniel Jackson verbally committed to play for the Broncos in 2015.
Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive tackle, is the 15th recruit to commit to Western Michigan this offseason. Ball State is the only other school to offer the Plainfield, Illinois native but Central Michigan, Illinois and Minnesota are among the other schools he received interest from.
Although it is still early, Jackson is only the second recruit from Illinois that Western Michigan has added — the other being two-star safety Jamal Brown from Chicago. Broncos second-year coach P.J. Fleck is from Illinois and recruits the area harder than most Midwestern territories outside of Michigan. Last year’s recruiting class included four Illinois standouts including Robert Spillane, a three-star player who picked the Broncos over Cincinnati, Purdue and Syracuse, among others.
Jackson, a two-star prospect, told Rivals.com on Thursday that the coaching staff wants him to improve his size and weight. In order to reach his goals, he is going to train harder which will be easier to do now that the recruiting process is finished.
“The coaches at WMU felt all along that I still have a lot of growing left to do and that I will be able to add more size and weight,” the recruit said. “I’m almost 250 pounds now and my goal is to start my senior season at 260 pounds.
“I’ve been really starting to eat better and also hitting the weight (room) as hard as I can. Now that I’m committed I can just focus on my training and getting ready for the season. I’m sure that I’ll be able to get bigger and stronger.”
Last season Western Michigan finished ninth in the conference in total defense and added only two defensive linemen in the 2014 recruiting cycle. The Broncos recently graduated standout defensive tackle Travonte Boles and will need Jackson’s depth in the upcoming seasons until Boles’ replacement is found.