• John Macon Gillespie

What Makes Dannis Jackson Elite

Dannis Jackson possess a collection of skills that are seen in many types of successful receivers. The speed to jet up the sideline on a “go” route. The agility to side-step one defender or even dodge and weave through a crowd. The strength to stiff-arm defenders to the ground. The hands to receive the ball at an efficient rate. But perhaps his most threatening attribute to opponents are his ball skills. He is able to time the ball well in the air, as well he has the athleticism to go an get it - whether he’s playing receiver or defensive back.

In 2017 Jackson finished as one of the state’s top 10 wideouts in a few categories. All in all, he averaged 18.4 yards per catch on his 63 receptions, good enough for 1,157 yards and 11 touchdown grabs. To make it even more impressive, those numbers nearly mirror his sophomore output when he caught 69 balls for 1,130 yards and 17 TDs. To top it off, he also has five career interceptions - with four of them having come last season. Few receivers can boast production, nor consistency, at that level.

The meaning that Jackson has had for the Sumrall Bobcats over the last two seasons is hard to quantify. He’s a go-to pass catcher that make grabs in the toughest of circumstances, and comes up big even when the defense knows what’s coming. Not many can players can go up in the air and come down with the football like Jackson can and that goes for both sides of the ball. He’s made a name for himself with big plays and big moments from nothing on the offensive side of the ball, but he can also cover a team’s top wideout as well as go and get possession back for his team. And his contributions have helped his team improve - from five wins in 2016 to six last fall. This coming season he hopes to anchor an even better Sumrall team.

The Elite 10 began in 2014, so this year’s team is the fifth in its history. Jackson becomes the first Sumrall Bobcat to make the list.

**Release schedule for the 2018 Elite 10**

#1 - Jerrion Ealy | Jackson Prep

#2 - Brandon Turnage | Lafayette

#3 - John Rhys Plumlee | Oak Grove

#4 - Rodrigues Clark | Starkville

#5 - KJ Jefferson | North Panola

#6 - Nakobe Dean | Horn Lake

#7 - Kyziah Pruitt | Noxubee County

#8 - Dannis Jackson | Sumrall

#9 - July 23rd

#10 - July 30th

**Photo courtesy of Zac Chamblee,

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