Les Miles hires former All-SEC CB Chevis Jackson to coach KU's DBs

FILE — LSU cornerback Chevis Jackson (21) returns the ball 31-yards after intercepting an Ohio State pass in the second quarter during the BCS championship college football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. Jackson became the first assistant coach hired by Miles at Kansas on Dec. 2, 2018, when Miles named Jackson the team's defensive backs coach. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In his first official move as Kansas football coach, Les Miles didn’t name an offensive or defensive coordinator. Miles began assembling his staff by hiring a position coach he knows well.

Chevis Jackson, an All-SEC cornerback at LSU in 2007, when Miles and the Tigers won the national championship, will coach the Jayhawks’ defensive backs, KU announced Sunday night.

Jackson spent the past three seasons coaching defensive backs at Ball State, where he served as the program’s lead recruiter.

"Chevis is one of the top young coaches in the game," Miles stated in a release. "He works hard to make a positive impact both on and off the field with the student-athletes he works with. He knows what it takes to be successful on the greatest stage in college football and will help instill that mindset to our program."

In 2017, 247Sports.com named Jackson the Mid-American Conference Recruiter of the Year.

Ahead of his first full-time college coaching job, Jackson was a graduate assistant on Miles’ LSU staff in 2015. Prior to that, he spent two years as a defensive grad assistant at South Alabama.

A third-round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2008, Jackson spent time with Atlanta, Jacksonville, New England, Denver and Carolina before his playing career ended.

During his college days in Baton Rouge, La., Jackson was a three-year starter at corner for Miles from 2005-07. In the 2008 BCS National Championship Game, Jackson made two tackles and an interception as LSU beat Ohio State.

Jackson becomes the first of 10 full-time assistants (including two coordinators) for Miles' 2019 staff.

In David Beaty’s final season as KU’s head coach, defensive coordinator Clint Bowen coached the cornerbacks and Cassius Sendish was the safeties coach.

KU has yet to announce whether certain members of Beaty’s staff will be retained by Miles — although early indications point toward running backs coach Tony Hull being a likely candidate to remain in place in some capacity.


Brett McCabe

Recruiter of the Year sounds good to me.

6 days, 16 hours ago


Mike Hart

Especially a guy who has been there ... done that... on the biggest stage. A great player...who made it to NFL... and can teach and relate to the D-backs. His SEC country connections are a plus too... can help with the recruiting in Louisiana and surrounding area. Recruits will know they are working with a guy who isn't just teaching, but has walked the walk.

6 days, 16 hours ago


Len Shaffer

I agree, Brett and Mike; seems like a hell of a good first hire by Miles.

6 days, 15 hours ago


Dillon Davis

Is this bad news for any coaches on the previous staff? It just seems like to me that if he were keeping any of the previous coaches, that would be announced before any new hires.

Just worried about Tony Hull - he's gotta stay and I think he will, I just found it odd to announce a new hire before him.

6 days, 14 hours ago


Brent Shipley

I agree I would love to see Hull stay. But on the other hand does Les need help to recruit the kids from Louisiana? I mean he is the former LSU head coach and now has brought on a DB coach who was recruiter of the year as well as started at LSU, has a National Championship, and played in the NFL.

Then again imagine what Hull, Miles, and Jackson can do together for that area.

6 days, 5 hours ago


Michael Bowden

I’m not sure Tony Hull was spotted at the Juco Championship game between East Mississippi and Garden City. It was played on n Pittsburg KS. The people that spotted him said he was wearing a KU jacket. Also something I’ve been pondering and I could be completely full of it is this The LA Rams want Kliffsbury they have said nothing long term just till the end of the season. So this had me thinking Long met with the OC our in Colorado Springs, May it be soon before we here who the OC is? The rams needing an OC short term till the end of the season?

6 days, 5 hours ago


Karen Mansfield-Stewart

Agreed. Sounds like a great hire. All of the assistants on this staff need to be recruiting. Coach Jackson has been successful in college as a player and as a coach/recruiter; plus has NFL experience too. Seems to check all the boxes!

6 days, 5 hours ago


Michael Maris

One would think that the DC announcement should be coming soon (if the DB Coach hire has been released now). Interesting week ahead of Jayhawk Nation. With Bill Snyder retiring, one would think that K-State AD has his guy in mind (as well) and will move swiftly to fill the Football HC'ing vacancy. Interesting thing is, will it be Brent Venables, Jim Leavitt, Seth Littrell or Sean Snyder? Interesting week ahead (for sure).

6 days, 4 hours ago



Buhbye Bowen. This position is the only job he might have been retained for.

6 days, 3 hours ago


Dane Pratt

Kicking teams

5 days, 19 hours ago


Joe Ross

Great hire!

1. Great recruiter! Not only a lead recruiter, but received national recognition for his efforts.

2. Very knowledgeable about his position (evident from the accolades he received as a player).

3. Knowledgeable about Les Miles' style of play/expectations.

4. Prior coaching history.

5. History of playing in the NFL will play well with recruits.

6 days, 2 hours ago


Dirk Medema

Good hire, though Seems like a stretch to call 247sports naming him MAC coty national recognition. Without the koolaid buzz it is a coach from bad program in a weak conference getting an award from a startup sports blog.

It will be interesting to see how LSU-centric the staff will be.

6 days, 2 hours ago


Waylon Cook

7 3 stars from SEC country to Ball State.

There is no Kool-Aid there.

6 days, 1 hour ago


Dirk Medema

Good info Waylon and comedic analysis. We've got a long line of successful MAC coaches that have automatically upped their game upon joining our power program. Seven 3* recruits is good recruiting. Hopefully he can do that and more for KU.

5 days, 22 hours ago