A popular trend in football seems to be that fewer and fewer defensive backs like delivering big hits. Well then, consider safety Ronnie Harrison old-school – he was even itching for contact during his scouting workouts.
“Yeah, I definitely wish these drills were more physical,” he said. “All this running and jumping, that’s not real football. I want to get some of these guys in pads and see what they can really do.”
Harrison’s play style is as aggressive as it gets on the gridiron, and when you tack on his considerable size, speed, and range, he was truly a beast unleashed during his three years patrolling the back end of Alabama’s defense. He should be picked pretty early during this year’s draft, and he’s sure to make one team very happy and 31 other offenses very nervous.
We got a chance to do a round of rapid-fire questions with the playmaking safety before he hits the pro game. Check it out below:
Q: What’s The Toughest Workout You’ve Done Recently?
A: “I worked with Tony Villani – he has a workout he calls the SHREDmill. It was hard, but it helped with my speed.
Q: Would You Rather Match Up Against A Bigger Or Smaller WR?
A: “I feel like I can cover either one. But I would probably match up better against bigger WRs because of my own size.
Q: Which WR Can You Not Wait To Face In The Pros?
A: “Probably Julio Jones since he played at Alabama, too.”
Q: Which Pro Has Given You The Best Advice?
A: “I talk to Ha Ha (Clinton-Dix) a lot. He’s like my big brother.”
Q: Which Player Does Your Game Most Compare To?
A: “Sean Taylor.”
Q: Speak Directly To The Fans Of The Team That Drafts You – What Type Of Player Are They Getting?
A: “They’re getting a leader. I’m going to bring that passion and that attitude. I’m selfless and offer a lot of versatility and I love the game of football.”
Thanks to Ronnie Harrison for his time and make sure to check out the Eastbay Blog for more exclusive stories on the biggest names of the 2018 rookie class.
Freshman year of college is a make or break year for most students and athletes alike. Getting good grades, making the team, finding the right friends, and making a good first impression — these are the pressures former University of Alabama safety Eddie Jackson had to face.
Luckily for Jackson, he had a number of great mentors on campus to make sure he was headed in the right direction.
Learning From A Legend
Landon Collins and HaHa Clinton-Dix, both upperclassmen safeties during Jackson’s freshman season, were a big reason he was able to make such a smooth transition to the college level. Jackson credits Clinton-Dix for taking him under his wing as soon as he stepped foot on campus.
“He (Clinton-Dix) really took me under his wing and sat me down right away,” Jackson said. “He told me about things like, when Coach Saban yells at you, to listen to what he’s saying and not how he’s saying it.”
On the other side of things, instead of taking Jackson under his wing like Clinton-Dix, Collins led by example with his great work ethic, which Jackson said always pushed him to work harder in practice.
Learning from a legendary coach like Nick Saban, and the two pro-bowl safeties ahead of him in Clinton-Dix and Collins, motivated Jackson to become a leader himself.
The hard work began to pay off when Jackson was named one of the Crimson Tide’s captains this past season. Not only did he work to prepare himself for a great senior season and NFL career ahead, but he also led by example for the underclassmen, just like Collins had done for him.