HOUSTON, Texas — They say it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.
Well, that’s at least what Houston Lamar cornerback and Texas Longhorns target D’shawn Jamison was on hand to prove during Saturday’s Nike The Opening Regionals in Houston.
“I come out here to compete and to show myself because a lot of articles say that height is one of my problems,” Jamison told Burnt Orange Nation with a noticeable sense of determination in his tone. “So I’m out here to show them that height doesn’t matter.”
It’s safe to say Jamison’s check list was complete by the time the event was over.
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Aside from making his presence felt as one of the more impressive defensive backs in competition drills, Jamison’s recorded 112.50 SPARQ rating from the testing portion of the camp was good for fifth best among all in attendance.
Despite his 5’10, 168-pound frame, Jamison’s recruitment heating up over the last month is no fluke — the four-star corner has picked up half of his 18 total offers in the last month.
Included in his college invitations to play for Penn State, Florida, Michigan, TCU and Tennessee is an offer from Texas and cornerbacks coach Jason Washington’s pitch to Jamison pairs perfectly with the chip on his shoulder.
“He doesn’t care about anybody’s height,” Jamison said of Washington’s message. “He cares about if you’re a player on the field. He’s just saying that once you get over here we’re going to fix you up, improve you better and just come play for UT.”
A small but fast and physical corner, Jamison said Texas and TCU are the two schools recruiting him the hardest right now, and the history and tradition of DBU are among the things Jamison noted stands out to him about Texas.
The interest in Texas’ tradition doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
When asked what he thought about being part of arguably the best secondary in the state along with five-star cornerback Anthony Cook, Jamison told BON, “What I like about being a part of that is we’re carrying the tradition over there at Lamar. That shows a lot to us recruiting-wise. The one thing me and Anthony want to work on is just coming up and bringing the team together and bringing all the young boys together so we can go win state.”
In the meantime, expect Jamison’s recruitment to continue to heat up throughout the spring and summer. He plans to be at Texas junior day later this month, along with some of the state’s best defensive backs. Tom Herman want’s to keep the state’s very best at home and Jamison is yet another name to be added to that list.
Jamison ranks as the nation’s No. 233 player, No. 26 cornerback and the No. 30 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.