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31 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Da'Marrio Jackson-Smith

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In which BracketCat counts down the 31st day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Da'Marrio Jackson-Smith.

The latest bloodline connection in K-State's football recruiting has arrived: Da'Marrio Jackson-Smith, son of former safety Mario Smith (4).
The latest bloodline connection in K-State's football recruiting has arrived: Da'Marrio Jackson-Smith, son of former safety Mario Smith (4).
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#31 Da'Marrio Jackson-Smith
Redshirt Freshman
5-11 | 184
Miami, Fla.

Bio

Position: Defensive Back

Previous College: None

Projection: Third-String

Status: Walk-On

Da'Marrio Octavius Jackson-Smith (b. Dec. 19, 1996) is a walk-on defensive back from Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami, where he had five career interceptions and 35 passes broken up, and also played baseball.

He redshirted in 2015 and had a surprisingly nice 2016 spring game, with eight total tackles (seven solo) and a tackle for loss for the White team. I wouldn't be surprised if he sees some time against K-State's lesser opponents.

Longtime Kansas State fans will know Jackson-Smith best as the son of legendary Wildcats tackler Mario Smith, who also was his high school coach for the last three years. Smith was a free safety at K-State from 1993 to 1996, helping the Wildcats to earn four bowl berths (including that Cotton Bowl) and picking up All-Big 12 honors in 1996.

(Smith left his teaching post at the school in 2015 to open an all-boys academy, TRU Prep Academy, last autumn.)

A three-year letter-winner at Monsignor Pace, Jackson-Smith earned All-Dade County honorable mention honors and was selected to play in the Private vs. Public All-Star Game.