Despite his commitment in January and signing in February, defender De’Amontae Jackson likely won't be at Iowa State next season, a source told AllCyclones.com.
Jackson is not listed on the Iowa State directory or currently enrolled as are the other 2015 signees who are set to arrive this weekend, and a source confirmed he has not qualified academically. Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads indicated on Signing Day that Jackson would face a challenge in order to arrive at Iowa State this fall.
“De’Amontae has some work to do (academically) and that’s why some people were skeptical,” Rhoads said on Signing Day in February. “People were a little bit skeptical whether they were going to go full speed on him.”
Iowa State made the decision to go full-speed on Jackson in hopes of him qualifying. Jackson is a defensive tackle/linebacker who Scout.com ranks as a three-star linebacker and the No. 46 linebacker in the 2015 class.
“Wally Burnham has been recruiting that area for over 30 years,” Rhoads said on Signing Day. “You can’t drive anywhere on those roads or stop at any convenience store where he’s not known. He did a tremendous job at Marion High School with his coach and with his family and De’Amontae saw that in the end.”
Barring a surprising change to qualify in the coming weeks, the well-regarded defender could have two options to continue to pursue his career at the Division I level. Jackson could go to a prep school or junior college before sticking with Iowa State or reopening his recruitment.
Jackson could not immediately be reached.