Standout wide out takes in Iowa State game Saturday

Iowa State Head Football Coach Matt Campbell and his coaching staff are already working on their 2018 recruiting class. Go "Inside" to see what one 2018 wide out had to say after his unofficial visit to Ames this past weekend.

Iowa State, within the 2017 recruiting cycle, has already put together an impressive wide receiver class with the additions of Josh Johnson and JUCO transfer Matthew Eaton. With many other prospects still left on the board, this receiver class could be one of the best within the Big 12.

Well, the coaching staff is looking to repeat their success with wide receivers and carry it into the upcoming 2018 recruiting class. One of the cyclones major targets at that position is 2018 Chicago, IL (Simeon) WR Jayshon Jackson, who took an unofficial visit to Ames Iowa over the weekend.

“I would rate the visit an 8 out of 10,” Jackson said about his visit. “My visit to ISU was great, before the game I got to talk to some of the coaches, it was exciting meeting the ones I didn't know. It was a good good game even though they lost, but them losing doesn't make me less interested in them. Everyone loses at some point.”

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound speedster, has been receiving a lot of interest from the Iowa State coaching staff, even prior to his visit. He was mostly hearing from wide receivers coach Bryan Gasser and passing game coordinator Jim Hofher. Jackson had a chance to talk to both of those guys on his visit.

“I talked to Coach Gasser and Coach Hofher. The conversation with Coach Hofher was him simply introducing himself to me. The conversation with Coach was more than that, he was telling me that when you are getting recruited by a school you have to do your own research because sometimes they'll tell you what you want to hear and it won't be true.”

Even though Jackson might be one of the Cyclones' top targets at the receiver position for the 2018 class, he still hasn’t received an offer from Iowa State. However, it’s still very early and he is currently only a sophomore in high school.

“They still stand high with me, but not a leader because they haven't offered. An ISU offer would mean that I am growing as an athlete in the case of different conference.” State has taken a big step forward within Jackson’s recruitment, getting him on campus was a huge bonus. However, his recruitment still looks to be wide open, which is no surprise. Jackson had a really good season as a quarterback at Chicago Simeon, but he will most likely end up at slot receiver because of his athletic ability. He currently holds offers from Toledo, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ball State, Southern Illinois, and Western Michigan. He is also getting interest from Purdue and Miami (Ohio).

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