The Washington Huskies received a signed letter of intent today from class of 2018 linebacker Jackson Sirmon. The name Sirmon is a familiar one to Husky fans. Jack’s dad Peter was the linebackers coach in 2013-2014 under Steve Sarkisian. His cousin Jacob is one of the 4-star QB commits in this class and both are originally from Washington. He chose UW over offers from Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin.
Jack committed to the Huskies almost a year ago so this has been a long time in the making. He currently attends Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tennessee. It’s not often that the Huskies get a recruit out of that state but the ties to the program as stated above were much greater than the average Tennessee recruit.
Jack measured this weekend on his official visit at 6’2.5 and 224 pounds. He finished the 2016 season with 61 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 interceptions after missing the first few games recovering from a torn ACL (he tore it landing after chest bumping a coach in celebration). Jack helped lead Brentwood Academy to an undefeated championship season (their 3rd straight state title) and the #1 ranking for high school teams in the state of Tennessee. Sirmon finished his senior season with 130 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 3 sacks, and 1 INT.
Jack is either a 3 or 4-star recruit depending on the ranking service. His highest ranking is in the 247sports system as a 4-star player, the #225 overall recruit, and #20 OLB. He’s #381 and the #25 OLB in their composite rankings. He checks in as a 3-star player and #297 for ESPN while Rivals doesn’t give him a national ranking but has him as the #17 player at his position.
The most likely outcome is that Sirmon takes a redshirt this season but there will be an opportunity for some new linebackers to make an impact with the graduation of Azeem Victor and Keishawn Bierria plus Connor O’Brien. He’s expected to start out as an inside linebacker. Sirmon’s senior highlights are below.