With Big 12 Media Days getting underway in Frisco on Monday, the school revealed a surprise with the 2018 recruiting class, as D’shawn Jamison will begin his career at wide receiver instead of cornerback.
In a group that now includes five defensive backs, there are a handful of elite athletes, but Jamison also deserves inclusion in that discussion — he ran a 4.48 40-yard dash in high school, a 3.90 shuttle, and posted a 38-inch vertical leap.
At 5’10 and 180 pounds, Jamison was originally set to play the nickel. Now he’ll complete for playing time at slot receiver, a position head coach Tom Herman attempted to address during the offseason by pursuing Wake Forest graduate transfer Tabari Hines, who ultimately chose Oregon.
Senior Jerrod Heard received some playing time at slot receiver during spring practice, along with junior Lil’Jordan Humphrey.
Unlike those other two players, however, Jamison fits the ideal for a slot receiver — he has excellent short-area quickness and change of direction ability. As a kick returner, Jamison was dynamic as a senior, scoring four touchdowns. He was also able to return one of his three interceptions for a touchdown.
Herman and inside wide receivers coach Corby Meekins clearly saw Jamison’s slipperiness and vision with the ball in his hands and decided he might be able to help the Longhorns on offense.
Expect Jamison to also receive an opportunity on kickoff returns.