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Texas QB Ja’Quinden Jackson enters NCAA transfer portal

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The longterm quarterback situation would become more precarious if the Duncanville product leaves the Forty Acres.

Ja’Quinden Jackson

Another player could depart from the Texas Longhorns program, as multiple outlets reported on Tuesday that freshman quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Inside Texas was first to report the news.

The 6’2, 232-pounder was part of a two-man quarterback class for the Longhorns in the 2020 cycle as Jackson joined former Lake Travis standout Hudson Card. Considered a consensus four-star prospect, Jackson was ranked as a top-100 prospect and the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

A three-year starter at Duncanville, Jackson led the Panthers to two straight title games, but did not play for Texas as he recovered from a knee injury that he suffered as a senior.

Jackson finished his high school career with more than 3,600 passing yards and 40 touchdowns, along with nearly 3,300 rushing yards and 51 touchdowns on the ground.

If Jackson does decide to depart the Forty Acres, it would represent another significant hit at a quarterback position that also lost commitments from 2021 quarterback Jalen Milroe and 2022 quarterback Quinn Ewers in recent months.

With senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger expected to enter the 2021 NFL Draft instead of returning for a fifth season at Texas, the quarterback room for the Longhorns next season would include redshirt junior Casey Thompson, Card, who redshirted this season, and Charles Wright, who is expected to sign with Texas on Wednesday.