Woodland-Stockbridge is never short of talent in a given recruiting class, and colleges typically stop by each year to see the next crop of talented upperclassmen during the evaluation period. We have seen it time and again where players load up with offers during the spring and early summer, but with the Coronavirus jumping into the fold, your normal recruiting calendar has fallen to the wayside. The virus has not stopped Evan Jackson’s recruitment one bit.
In fact, the 2021 athlete who mainly plays QB, has seen a major boost to his recruitment with offers from Dartmouth, Rice, Youngstown State, Yale and Air Force coming in this week. Which follows up an offer from Princeton and a track scholarship to Stanford from the week before. These are definitely exciting times for Jackson, he now has double digit offers.
“My recruitment process has been going very well so far. Each school that has offered me is definitely a place that I can see myself excelling on the football field as well as in life after football. I have received 10 offers so far,” Jackson said
Jackson caught our attention two seasons ago when we first contacted him to fill out the prospect form; his eye-popping speed will certainly get you out of your seat. He has the track background to back up the gridiron film for sure.
“For track, my PR’s are 10.8 in the 100m, 21.8 in the 200m, and 47.8 in the 400m. This was going to be my first year focusing on the 100m before the season was cut short, but hitting the 10.8 on my second race of the season was a great start to a rewarding 2020. I saw myself hitting a 10.5 or lower,” Jackson expounded.
So obviously with Stanford offering Jackson in track, there is the potential for him to play both sports at the collegiate level. We asked how he felt about those prospects.
“Concerning my college career, football comes first and that is the sport I am hoping to play at whatever school I go to. Most coaches have said that I will be able to do track and football, but it depends on if track will benefit or hinder me playing football at the highest level whether I will do it or not.”
Jackson is also an ace student sporting a 4.4 GPA, which ranks him at the very top of seniors in our database. He’s been putting in some major work in the weight room too; since last fall Jackson has added nearly 20 lbs. to his frame and continued to work on his passing fundamentals too. It’s not a huge surprise to see option teams like Air Force, Davidson, and Army come in with offers, but his versatility at next level is completely up in the air at this point.
Going into his final season of football Jackson has just one goal he wants to achieve. “This upcoming football season, my main goal is to win the state championship with my brothers!”
With some of the best break away speed in the entire state, and additional talented weapons around Jackson, we expect Woodland to surprise some programs this fall. Jackson’s dynamic speed is a true x-factor at the high school level, and that should translate easily to potentially slot receiver or even cornerback too.
No doubt, Jackson’s explosiveness will continue to grab D1 coaches across the country, and we can see this recruiting momentum continue into the next few months, so stay tuned to @RecruitGeorgia to keep track of Jackson’s latest offers and all of the Peach State prospects in the area.