From Inside the Red Raiders
At the beginning of the recruiting cycle the Red Raiders zeroed in on two Texas offensive linemen prospects for the 2021 recruiting class and went all out to land them. Those recruits are Jack Tucker out of Argyle, who committed to Texas Tech back in April and Mansfield Summit’s Jacoby Jackson, who pulled the trigger Thursday night with his announcement via Twitter.
Like Tucker, Jackson visited Texas Tech’s campus in January for a junior day and then again for a big recruiting weekend in March. While Tucker pledged to Tech relatively soon after, Jackson initially committed to TCU in June before opening his recruitment back up in late August. Since that time Jackson added offers from Arizona State and Texas, and then recently momentum seemed to favor him committing to in-state Big 12 rival Baylor.
The Red Raider coaching staff never gave up recruiting the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive tackle and the relationship the coaches built during those visits and since then through FaceTime, phone calls and social media paid off.ADVERTISING
“The visit was amazing,” said Jackson. “I got to talk a lot of football with Coach Farmer and Wells and learn about the program and take pictures in their uniforms. My favorite part was definitely the basketball game (against Kentucky). They (Farmer and Wells) both said they’re real excited about me and they want me to join their program. What stood out was just, you know, the way they treated me. I can really tell they care.”
Jackson chose the Red Raiders over reported offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Baylor, Boise State, California, Connecticut, Cornell, Duke, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Indiana, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State, Nevada, New Mexico, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Purdue, Rice, San Diego State, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas State, Tulsa, UNLV, Utah, UTSA, Vanderbilt and Washington State.
The three-star prospect is rated as an 84.85 recruit, ranked as the No. 1,070 overall prospect in the nation, the No. 92 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 163 overall player in Texas for the 2021 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite, an average of the major recruiting service rankings in the industry. 247Sports itself has Jackson rated slightly higher with a rating of 85, as the No. 80 offensive tackle in the U.S. and the No. 150 overall recruit in the Lone Star State.
The coaching staff has amassed a really impressive group of recruits this recruiting cycle in terms of quality, especially on offense. Jackson joins fellow highly recruited three-star offensive lineman Jack Tucker on Texas Tech’s commitment list along with Behren Morton, a four-star quarterback, Elite 11 finalist and one of the top overall recruits in the nation. DeSoto (TX) receiver Jerand Bradley, a 6-foot-5, four-star recruit is another major piece of Tech’s recruiting class along with a pair of highly recruited tight end pledges in 6-foot-7 three-star prospect Mason Tharp, out of Klein (TX), and 6-foot-6 three-star pledge Jed Castles, out of Wichita Falls (TX) Rider.34COMMENTS
The Red Raiders have some quality pledges on the other side of the ball as well, starting with Castle’s teammate at Rider in E’Maurion Banks, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound highly recruited three-star defensive end. Joining him up front are a pair of three-star recruits in Charles Esters, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end out of of Cedar Hill (TX) and Demeco Roland, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive tackle out of Hutchinson (KS) Community College. East Mississippi Community College three-star linebacker DeShawn Page, one of the top junior college prospects in the country, rounds out Texas Tech’s commitment list as of Thursday night.