Roughly three months ago, Jackson released a list of his seven finalists that also included Colorado, Oregon State, SMU, TCU, and Texas A&M.
In recent weeks, Arkansas and Texas were the top contenders. In fact, after one of Jackson’s close friends, 2022 Lancaster wide receiver Phaizon Wilson, committed to the Longhorns, Texas was considered the leader and picked up several 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. Those developments came after Jackson took a self-guided visit to Austin in order to tour the Forty Acres.
However, Arkansas was able to surge since then enough to land Jackson’s commitment.
“I was their No. 1 guy on their board, so when you’re someone’s No. 1 guy, you know you can go there and contribute fast,” Jackson told 247Sports. “Year 1, I’m trying to get down the plays and get down all the basic stuff and let my play talk on the field and have a great freshman season.”
The miss on Jackson continues the difficulties for Texas in recruiting at the wide receiver position in the current cycle — the Horns hold two commitments, from Louisiana’s Casey Cain and Florida’s Jaden Alexis — but have missed on multiple in-state targets, including Aledo’s JoJo Earle. Of the 26 wide receivers offered by Texas in the 2021 recruiting class, only three remain uncommitted and only one of them, Mississippi product Antonio Harmon, is the type of big-bodied receiver the staff would like to close out the class at the position.
So don’t be surprised if an offer or two go out in the near future as Andre Coleman continues his efforts to land another wide receiver.