Signee #12: Jaxton Carson (Central HS in Phenix City, AL)
Jaxton Carson | 5’9″ | 204 | B-back | Central HS (Phenix City, AL)
Official Visit 01/13/17
Offers: Kennesaw St., Georgia St., Appalachian St., Arkansas St., Army, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Jacksonville St., Mercer, Middle Tennessee St., North Carolina, Purdue, South Alabama, Southern Mississippi, Troy, Western Kentucky, East Tennessee St.
Dustin Corn’s Take
Jaxton Carson is Kennesaw State’s 12th signee of the 2017 recruiting class. Jaxton played his high school football at Central HS and helped lead his team to a 10-2 record and the semi-finals of the 7A AHSAA State Playoffs. Jaxton is a talented back that received attention from a wide range of FBS and FCS colleges. Jaxton played against strong competition in high school, and has a lot of natural ability with the ball in his hands. I would anticipate Jaxton to enter KSU as a B-Back, but could see him as our primary in shotgun sets as well. Jaxton is scary in space as he utilizes great vision, with multiple cuts/jukes in his arsenal to prevent defenders from timing their hits appropriately. When they do make contact, he demonstrates a powerful lower body as they tend fall off without greatly impacting his momentum. The lower body strength, balance, and leg drives makes me excited to see how he will perform at the B-Back spot this fall.
Jaxton is a definitely a recruit I’ll be keeping my eye on throughout his career at KSU. I would estimate he would be in line for a redshirt thanks to the existing depth and the fact that he’s adjusting to a new position (if he does play B-Back). However, you never know how quickly players can adjust and what can happen between now and the opening kick for 2017. Jaxton has a lot of ability that will translate seamlessly to the b-back position. He has great speed, vision, and power that are coveted at any position. He will, however, need to adjust to not running the ball out of shot gun as much. This can change vision, angles, and footwork. Jaxton possesses a nasty jump cut that he utilizes frequently, but will be harder to use with more limited space (especially at the LOS). Once he adjusts to the nuances of the b-back position I expect he will be a force in the Big South. Welcome to The Nest!