Commitment Analysis: Ja’Quinden Jackson
On Monday evening, Texas added perhaps their highest-profile member of the #cloUT2020 recruiting class to date, when Duncanville QB Ja’Quinden Jackson made things official via his Twitter profile. Jackson is the 6th member of the class and the first commit for Texas since Bishop Dunne ATH Jaden Hullaby joined near the end of March.
What is Texas getting in Jackson?
Ranking: #33 overall (ESPN), #48 overall (247), #119 overall (Rivals)
Top Offers: Jackson chose Texas over offers from LSU, Oklahoma, and Alabama
Size: 6’2 220lbs
Projected College Position: Quarterback
Player Comparison: Sam Ehlinger (Texas 2017-Present)
Analysis: Jackson reminds me of Ehlinger in more ways than one. First things first, like Ehlinger, Jackson is a leader, an “alpha male” that commands the respect of his teammates with his lead-by-example work ethic and ability to take over football games both with his arm and with his legs. Earlier in the recruiting process, many programs and evaluators alike had Jackson categorized as an “Athlete.”
He removed any reservations about his ability to play Quarterback at a high P5 level on his way to leading his school to a 15-1 record and appearance in the 6A State Championship game as a Junior. Jackson has a huge arm as evidenced in many of his throws on tape and he easily had the strongest arm of all of the Quarterbacks in attendance at The Opening in Dallas. Jackson shows tremendous patience as a runner, showing an innate feel for allowing his blocks to develop and good speed (4.61 electronic at The Opening) with the ability to create explosive plays.
Jackson is a physical player who has no problem dishing out punishment and finishing tough runs. He is regularly the best player on the field at the highest classification of football in Texas. Jackson is the best player from the DFW area that Tom Herman has landed during his tenure at Texas.
The hope is that his commitment can create the type of recruiting momentum in the metroplex that Texas hasn’t had in years, which would almost certainly lead to a third consecutive top-5 class nationally and help create a pipeline to one of the top high school programs in the country.
Great pickup for Herman and company!