Diamond In The Rough: Jackson Holman

Jackson Holman is a class of 2023 Wide Receiver/ Tight End for Mission Viejo High School in California. At 6’3 and 210 he has great size at the receiver position. Using his size and athleticism he is able to get open and make space for his quarterback to find him. As a freshman he was able to blow by defenders and be a deep ball threat with his speed, but he was also not afraid to go up and grab a contested ball over a defender.

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What is your favorite hobby outside of sports? I like to hang out with friends or play Xbox with my brothers when I have time outside of school and football.

At what age did you begin playing football? Who motivated you to get into playing this sport? I started playing flag football around 9 years old and tackle football around 13 in middle school. My dad and brothers really motivated me to play football. My dad played in the NFL and both of my brothers have played in college.

What does football mean to you? Everything. I’ve grown up with football since my childhood and I don’t know what life would be like if I didn’t have football.

What has football taught you about yourself or life? Perseverance especially with COVID. Having the season cancelled and having to just push through to brighter days.

With some of the restrictions on sports in California how have you been staying in shape and ready for the upcoming season? Without practices, I’ve been working out with my dad about 5-6 days a week. Lifting, doing track workouts,etc. just trying to get bigger, faster, and stronger during the whole year that COVID has been going on.

How do you balance your schoolwork and football? Football is around 2:30-5:30, so I do homework during school and after football. I’ll usually be done around 8pm so I can spend time with my family and watch some TV.

Do you have a favorite NFL or College Athlete and what elements if any do you take from their game? Devonta Smith the WR from Alabama. I would want to have the fluidity and ease that he has to get open and down the field in games. The game just comes so easy to him.

Do you have a specific diet? What is your cheat food? I’ve been trying to cut out sugar from my diet because I read an article talking about how the sugars can eat away the protein from the muscles you’ve built. My cheat food is Cinnamon Rolls from Corner Bakery.

Do you have a favorite subject in school? I’m really into math. That’s something I’d really like to keep learning in life

What’s your favorite social media platform to use and why? Snapchat because I have all my friends on there, but Instagram is a close second since you can see what everyone is doing and you can also talk to them.

What’s been the highlight of your football career so far? Last Year during the Freshman team season, we had a game to win the league. That game I really took off and I had 6 catches for 235 yards and 4 Touchdowns. Helping my team win league was a huge highlight for me since I’ve only been playing since middle school. I want to do more of that at the Varsity level the next 3 years.

Tell us who you are? I’m just a guy from Irvine, California. I just want to prove what I can do. I feel there have been stereotypes and labels put on me like I’m too tall or slow and I want to change that narrative. With my family being so involved in football, I just want to prove to them I’m the best sibling and compete with my brothers. I want to be the best in my family.

Do you have any nicknames? If so, why/how did you get it? Yeah my friends and family call me Jack-Jack, because I was born around when the Incredibles movie came out and I guess I resembled the baby, and it’s just stuck.

How do you think your coaches and teammates would describe you? Respectful, hard-worker, maybe quite because I don’t talk much. Try to lead by example and get my work done everyday.

What would you bring to a college team? And what are you looking for in a program? I can bring a lot to a college team. I can go downfield and catch a ball, make contested catches, I’ll block, and I feel I am extremely coachable. As far as what I am looking for in a program is staff and facilities, a coach that will put me in the best position to succeed.

What would you say are some of your strengths? Off the field my strength would be academics, I am an above-average student, and working hard in the classroom, I am pushing for a 4.2 GPA this semester. On the field I pride myself on my ability to get open and make contested catches, but the biggest thing I want to improve on is my releases.

If you weren’t a football player what do you think you would be doing instead? I’d be trying to pursue a D1 Scholarship in track or swim since I grew up doing those also.

If you weren’t a WR/TE what position do you think you would play? Either at OLB or DE. I played a little DE my freshman year and I feel I was good at my speed releases and getting past the Tackle to sack the Quarterback. And in the passing game I am lengthy and can block passing windows at OLB.

What are some goals you have for yourself this season? My goals are to have around 550 yards and around 7 Touchdowns during spring ball this year.