For the second time in the last two years, the Texas Longhorns are losing a quarterback to the Utah Utes via transfer after freshman Ja’Quinden Jackson announced his new destination on Twitter early Sunday morning.
Jackson entered the NCAA transfer portal last Tuesday after one season on the Forty Acres and will join Cameron Rising, a 2018 Texas quarterback signee who also transferred to Utah after one season with the Longhorns.
A 6’2, 232-pounder, Jackson was part of a two-man quarterback class for the Longhorns in the 2020 cycle, joining 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 after suffering a knee injury last season 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.
The departure of Jackson represents 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 is set to include redshirt junior Casey Thompson, Card, who redshirted this season, and Charles Wright, a local product who signed with Texas on Wednesday.