TALENTED 2021 TEXAS WR KETRON JACKSON PICKS ARKANSAS
Arkansas’ future wide receiver room added another elite playmaker on Thursday night as talented 2021 Texas wideout Ketron Jackson called the Hogs by announcing his verbal commitment to the Razorbacks via a video on Twitter.
“First and foremost, I’d like to thank the man above for putting me in the position to play the sport I love at a high level and for giving me blessings throughout life and this crazy recruitment process. Secondly, I’d like to thank my parents, brother and sister and all my family for always being there for me and always supporting me throughout this process. My mom and dad always held me to a higher standard and didn’t except me being average. That helped shape me into the person I am off the field as well as on. I’d also like to think everyone that helped me get to this moment that I’m in right now. From youth league coaches to my high school coaches to 7 on 7 coaches,” Jackson said. “Lastly, I’d like to thank all the schools that recruited me and gave me an opportunity to live out a dream and play college football. This has not been an easy decision but throughout much thought and prayer, I’m excited to say that I will be committing to the University of Arkansas. Go Hogs.”
Jackson, a 4-star pass catcher from Royse City (Tex.), became Arkansas’ 19th verbal pledge of the 2021 class and the highest-rated of the group, according to 247 Sports. At 6’2, 186 lbs., Jackson boasts both formidable size and athleticism, drawing attention from just about every school in the country. Ultimately, he chose Arkansas over the home-state Texas Longhorns, but beyond that – Jackson had a laundry list of offers from the likes Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, LSU, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A&M and others.
As a junior during the 2019-20 season, Jackson caught 61 passes for 889 yards and six touchdowns. Jackson is a consensus 4-star recruit, coming as a top-150 player nationally, the No. 20 wideout in the country and the No. 25 recruit in the state of Texas, according to 247’s composite rankings.
Jackson is the fourth wide receiver committed in the 2021 class, joining Raheim Sanders, Bryce Stephens and fellow Texan Jaedon Wilson. Arkansas wide receiver coach Justin Stepp has made a habit out of landing 4-star talent since his arrival in Fayetteville (Ark.). Based on 247’s rankings, Stepp has hauled in six 4-star wideouts in the past three recruiting cycles: four in 2019 (Treylon Burks, Trey Knox, Shamar Nash, TQ Jackson), one in 2020 (Darin Turner) and one in 2021 (Ketron Jackson). Although TQ Jackson is no longer with the team and Nash has opted out of the 2020 season, Stepp has proven to be an important holdover from the last coaching staff. Based on what many in the industry believe and have heard, Jackson has wrestled with this decision and gone back and forth between Arkansas and Texas but ultimately landed on the Hogs largely due to his longstanding relationship with Stepp.
With Jackson’s commitment, Arkansas’ 2021 class moves up to No. 21 in the country and No. 8 in the SEC – currently putting Pittman’s inaugural group ahead of either of Chad Morris’ two classes, both of which were considered to be the lone bright spot of the Morris era. Though depth at wideout has been a bit of a question mark throughout fall camp, that should be a short-lived concern if Pittman, Stepp and company continue to sign players the caliber of Ketron Jackson.
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