TCU signed a 4-star quarterback on Wednesday, adding to their class of 2021 just days ahead of the early signing period.
Sam Jackson, a Purdue commit since June, backed off his commitment to the Boiler Makers on Thursday, just days before pledging to the Frogs:
4⭐ QB/ATH Sam Jackson decommits from Purdue pic.twitter.com/bnDhgQtirU— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) December 10, 2020
... and made things official Wednesday, at the start of the early signing period:
Jackson hails from Naperville, a suburb of Chicago, where he attends Naperville Central. He starred at QB up north, using his speed (4.65 40) and play-making ability to excel as a passer and runner out of the backfield. Recruiting analyst Allen Trieu offered the following evaluation:
Not a prospect who stands out physically on the hoof. Average height and needs to bulk up some. Does stand out on film as far as explosiveness and play-making ability. Fast, makes cuts at full speed and shows great ball skills for someone who has not played full-time receiver yet. Also has a strong arm at quarterback. The main question there is size as far as being a college signal caller. Too explosive and athletic though to not make an impact in college somewhere on offense. Even if it is as a receiver who plays quarterback part-time.
Jackson isn’t going to be the biggest guy on the field, or in the QB room for the Frogs, but he certainly has “it”.
Though his recruitment had a lot of drama — Jackson committed to Minnesota, twice, switched to Purdue, and signed with TCU — he seems fully in with the Frogs. Wanting to play quarterback exclusively, Jackson will have plenty of competition in Fort Worth, as one of three players at the position to sign in the 2021 class. He has a monster arm, can make every throw, and is as dangerous with his legs — something that we have seen make the Horned Frogs’ offense go under Max Duggan this year.
He will certainly get his chances.
Welcome to the Frog Fam, Sam!