Les Miles makes first coaching hire in Chevis Jackson

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- On Sunday, new Kansas head football coach Les Miles announced the hiring of Chevis Jackson to coach the Jayhawks' defensive backs.

Jackson marks the first hire under the Miles era at KU.

Jackson was a cornerback on Miles' 2007 LSU national championship team where he earned First-Team All-SEC honors. He still holds LSU records as second in career passes defended (44) and third in season passes defended (21) from that 2007 season.

Jackson spent the last three seasons as the defensive backs coach at Ball State. In 2017, he was named the Mid-American Conference Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports.com and served as the lead recruiter for Ball State.

Prior to his stint at BSU, Jackson spent the 2015 season as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, LSU, working on Miles' staff that helped the Tigers to a 9-3 record and a final national ranking of No. 16.

Before that, he worked as a defensive graduate assistant at South Alabama during the 2013-2014 seasons, where he helped the Jaguars earn a bowl bid for the first time in program history. South Alabama's defense ranked second in the Sun Belt in both scoring defense and total defense in 2013.

Jackson spent four seasons in the NFL with five different teams (Atlanta, Jacksonville, New England, Denver and Carolina) after being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.