Projected Position: Quarterback
Rivals: 3-star, #23 dual-threat QB, #13 player in Michigan
247: 3-star, #19 dual-threat QB, #22 player in Michigan
ESPN: 4-star, #185 overall player, #8 dual threat QB, #4 player in Michigan
Power 5 offers: 7
I’ve made it no secret that I believe Virginia Tech got a steal at the quarterback position. Joshua Jackson is one of the most underrated prospects in the country by the two main recruiting networks. I think ESPN is a lot closer than Rivals or 247 with regards to Jackson’s ranking, and that’s because they scout his abilities and his film rather than using his scholarship offers as a guide.
Why did Jackson fly under the radar? It’s simple. He didn’t play his sophomore year of high school because of transfer rules. Because of that, nobody knew who he was until late November/early December of 2014, after his junior season was over. At that point many schools had already targeted their top quarterback prospects, and some even had commitments already.
Scot Loeffler worked Jackson hard. Loeffler already had an established relationship with Jackson’s father, as the two men coached together at Michigan. Jackson committed, and then Justin Fuente was able to hold onto him after Frank Beamer retired. In fact, Jackson was one of the first recruits Fuente visited. When the media sat down with Fuente back in December, he brought up how much he likes Jackson, and his comments were totally unprompted. You can tell that he believes he has a very...
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