FSU football fans got wonderful news Wednesday morning when The Battle's End Collective announced a relationship with FSU defensive tackle Darrell Jackson Jr. Jackson transferred in the 2023 spring from rival Miami to be closer to his sick mother, but his second transfer waiver got denied, forcing Jackson to sit out the 2023 regular season. He expected to contribute immediately in FSU's deep defensive tackle rotation but had to wait until FSU's appearance in the Orange Bowl before he could get on the field. He had three tackles and .5 tackles for a loss in that game. There were some thoughts Jackson could hit the transfer portal after the season after posting on social media when Patrick Payton and others seemed interested in doing so.
However, this relationship announcement puts that to rest(and Payton already has a relationship with TBE). Jackson expects to be a major contributor to FSU's defensive line in 2024 with the departure of Fabien Lovett and Braden Fiske to the NFL, and Malcolm Ray's transfer to Rutgers. When dialed in, Jackson is a force at 6'5" and 335 pounds. He is stout against the run and can toss offensive linemen aside like children. This news likely means his former high school teammate, Joshua Farmer, will announce a relationship with TBE since they wanted to play in college together. The two have been working out this spring, as seen in the video below:
The duo could form one of the most formidable fronts in the ACC, and that's bad news for opposing offenses hoping there would be a drop-off with the guys FSU lost from last year's team. FSU got Grady Kelly from the transfer portal, and young guns Daniel Lyons and KJ Sampson will get meaningful snaps in the rotation. This news helps solidify this defensive tackle unit among the best.