• position Inside Linebacker
  • height 6-1
  • Weight 241
  • class Junior
  • Hometown Dublin, Ga.
  • High school West Laurens

2021 – Sophomore

  • Suffered a torn Achilles tendon in spring practice on April 10, 2021 … Had surgery on April 13 and was expected to miss the entire season … Instead, returned to full practice activity on Oct. 28 and saw his first action of the season at Vanderbilt on Nov. 13
  • Saw action in four games with one starting assignment vs. Iowa in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl, his first career start and totaled 18 tackles, a quarterback hurry and his second career interception
  • Had seven tackles (tied for third on the team) and an interception vs. Iowa
  • In his third game back, totaled a team and career-high eight tackles in the win over Louisville
  • Charted three tackles and his first career quarterback hurry vs. New Mexico State

2020 – Freshman

  • Mid-year enrollee in January 2020
  • Played in nine games and totaled four tackles and one interception for a five-yard return
  • Did not see action at Alabama or at Florida
  • Had a career-high three tackles vs. Vanderbilt
  • Earned his first career tackle at Auburn
  • Snagged his first career interception on the final play of the game vs. Mississippi State
  • 2020-21 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll

High School

  • Three-star prospect by all three major recruiting services
  • Rated the No. 47 inside linebacker in the country by 247Sports
  • Three-time All-Region 2AAAA selection
  • Led the team in tackles three straight seasons as a starter
  • Tallied 129 total tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss, nine sacks, four quarterback hurries and an interception as a senior, earning Region 2AAAA Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Had 96 tackles, 14 TFL and four sacks as a junior
  • West Laurens Defensive Player of the Year as a junior
  • Two-time Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Junior All-Star Game participant
  • Ranked 20th in the state of Georgia among all classifications in total tackles
  • Helped lead the Raiders to the Region 2AAAA championship title
  • Coached by Kagan McClain
  • Also played power forward on the basketball team
  • Chose Kentucky over Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Purdue

Community Cats

  • Participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athlete’s Men’s Conference at Southland Christian (2020)
  • Visited sick children at Kentucky Children’s Hospital (2020)


  • First name pronounced “dee-ERIC”
  • Born in Dublin, Georgia
  • Son of Shamika and Eric Jackson
  • Has one sister, Dezhune
  • Major is undecided

D’Eryk Says

  • He chose Kentucky because it felt like family
  • When he played football as a kid, he pretended to be Ray Lewis
  • One word to describe him on the field is “physical”
  • His favorite movie is Friday
  • His sports hero is Ray Lewis
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