Melbourne LB Dink Jackson commits to Gators 2021 class

Edit of Dink Jackson made by Twitter account @brosenowedits (Courtesy of Jackson's Twitter)

The conclusion of the 2019 class is still fresh in the minds of most Florida fans, yet Dan Mullen and his coaching staff remain out on the recruiting trail scouting prospective athletes to join the Gators.

The work put in to the 2021 class continues to pay off as the Gators landed a verbal commitment late Wednesday from Melbourne (Fl.) Eau Gallie athlete Dink Jackson.

A 6-foot-2, 185-pound linebacker, Jackson committed to the Gators over offers from Alabama, Miami and Florida State, telling 247Sports’ Blake Alderman that his childhood love of Florida helped the Gators secure his early commitment.

“UF has been a school that Iโ€™ve always dreamt about since i was a kid,” Jackson told Alderman. “Love the coaching staff and all that the program has to offer.”

With Jackson’s commitment, Florida’s 2021 class is ranked No. 2 in the nation by 247Sports, trailing just behind Miami in the way-too-early list.


  1. He is a good athlete but right now I think he would fit better as a safety instead of at linebacker. He has two more years to grow of course but he would need to add at least 30 lbs or more to play linebacker in the SEC. Has great speed and ball skills though and Mullen and Savage can mold him once he gets in the program. Just shows that Mullen sees future potential in players and stays ahead of the game in recruiting.

  2. Having lived in Brevard County for many years now (1985 UF alumnus), I am pleased to see Dink Jackson choose the Gators. I believe he will be a great asset to our team, regardless of what position he plays. He will continue to grow and fill out, so LB is much more likely than Safety (re: physically best fit). GO GATORS!!!

      • Interesting – I never knew there was an Eau Gallie Jr High. I went to Eau Gallie in the 80s, as did my siblings. My aunt who is about 20 years older than me also went to Eau Gallie High in the 60s. I went to Central Jr. High, which was a violent zoo compared to Eau Gallie high back then. My partial guess as to why Eau Gallie was never great at football (or most sports for that matter) is that most of the black kids from the predominantly black part of town back then fed into Melbourne High or Stone. Eau Gallie was probably 95% white when I was there, but not particularly affluent. Melbourne High had both more black kids and wealthier white kids (from Melbourne Beach and Indiatlantic). Of course Stone High (Palm Bay) was a black school before desegregation and still has a much higher black population. I’m not sure how Satellite fits in there, but I do remember traveling to Sat. for wrestling matches.

          • Yes, Central was primarily a feeder to Mel High, although I was of a minority location that fed into Eau Gallie from Central, so I always had a lot of friends at Mel High- in fact two of my best friends to this day are two buddies from Central Jr. High who went to Melbourne High when I went to Eau Gallie. We maintained our friendship through high school and went to Florida together from 89-93. Johnson Jr. High was the primary feeder for Eau Gallie.

  3. This is the Gatorsโ€™ 5th of 7 commitments for the 2021 class coming out of the State of Florida, with the other 2 coming out of next door Georgia. The foundation of a return to annual prominence for the Gators lies in winning the annual battle for instate elite recruiting talent. CDM is well on his way with the 2021 class.

    According to 247, Jackson is classified as an Athlete. That means he has speed to burn. He definitely needs to fill out his 6โ€™-2โ€ frame before a determination is made as to what position heโ€™ll play at the next level.

    The peculiar thing about Jackson is that with offers from UF, Alabama, FSU and Miami, he still has no star rating from the recruiting services that 247 aggregates. Maybe, it has to do with the high school he comes from not being very prominent. However, thereโ€™s another commit in the 2021 class (Kamar Wilcoxon from Ellenwood, GA) whoโ€™s also classified as an Athlete, with the same measurables (6โ€™-2โ€, 185 lbs), rated a 4* by 247. That bodes well for Jacksonโ€™s eventual rating.

    Go Gators!!!