New Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz, the Canes’ former defensive coordinator, had a bearing on the return of starting star linebackers Michael Pinckney, Shaq Quarterman and Zach McCloud for their senior seasons.
But teammate Joe Jackson is heading to the NFL.
Jackson, the University of Miami’s gifted defensive end, posted on social media Thursday that he will enter the NFL Draft.
“So excited to announce I’ve officially joined the @rocnationsports family,’’ Jackson posted on Instagram. “Much love to my @canesfootball teammates, coaches, fans, and the University for everything during my time at the U. can’t wait for this next chapter as I enter the @NFLdraft! #RocFam #PathToTheDraft
Jackson, 6-5 and 265 pounds, is from Homestead and graduated from Miami Gulliver Prep.