When you talk about speed in space as it relates to Michigan football, no player fits that mold better than incoming freshman receiver Giles Jackson.
If you don’t know, Gattis used that hashtag speed in space when he was tweeting about his vision for the Wolverines offense. Also, last week, when Gattis was interviewed on a podcast, he hinted that Michigan football would be running an entirely new system.
That system will be designed to get the football into the hands of impact players — impact players with speed. And while the Wolverines already have some unique talents, especially at wide receiver, they don’t have anyone on the roster quite like Giles Jackson.
If you aren’t familiar with Jackson, you should remember his name, because soon, he will be a big part of the Wolverines offense. At least he should be. The incoming freshman, who was an all-purpose back in high school, is coming to the Wolverines as a slot receiver and in that role, he could dangerous.
As a wide receiver, he was ranked as the No. 41 player in the 2019 class according to the 247 sports composite rankings, however, with the way Michigan football’s offense is headed, the shifty, 5-foot-8 receiver could make a big impact.
And since the Wolverines don’t have anyone else on the roster quite like him, it’s entirely possible that he sees the field right away next season. Certainly, Michigan is talented at wideout with Donovan Peoples-Jones, Tarik Black and Nico Collins.
However, Jackson offers a different kind of weapon. While those players are tall, fast, able to stretch the field and win jump balls, Jackson can torture defenses with quick passes, jet sweeps, screens and any other way Gattis gets the ball into his hands.
What’s interesting is that Gattis paid Jackson a visit over the weekend. The two had breakfast and talked about the offense and where Jackson fit into the new scheme. Here’s what Jackson had to say about the meeting to Wolverines Wire:
“The new offense was most interesting. The offense will be totally different. I think everyone will love it. “He (Gattis) wants to give me the ball in space and create mismatches against the defense.”
With defenses having to devote resources to stopping Peoples-Jones, Black and Collins, Jackson and other slot receivers should see a lot of one-on-one coverage and with his ability, plus Gattis new scheme, it should be a perfect marriage for the Wolverines.
And also one that pays immediate dividends for an offense desperately in need of the new kind of weapon Jackson could be.