Jackson Settles Academic Concerns, Visits OSU

We're not trying to overhype a late recruiting visit and possible signee, but remember in 2000 when then Texas Tech coach Mike Leach brought in an undersized slot receiver from Oklahoma City and gave him a scholarship. This was after so many of the Big 12 coaches said Wes Welker was too slow. Coaches have not said that about slot receiver Rayshawn Jackson of Orlando (Oak Ridge), Fla.

Speed is not his problem, but knowing if he would qualify academically was in question. It is apparently not in question any longer and Jackson is set to travel to Stillwater flying into Oklahoma City next Friday afternoon. He is set to leave Saturday afternoon, but that is expected to be just enough time for him to check out the Cowboys.

Jackson is coached by former Florida Gators player Elijah Williams, who has kept up a relationship with Oklahoma State associate athletic director for strength and conditioning Rob Glass from the day when Glass was Williams' strength coach at Florida.

The 5-10, 165-pound Jackson reportedly at one time had offers from the likes of Tennessee, Central Florida, Temple, Kentucky, Marshall, and Memphis. On signing day he was supposed to have signed papers with Jacksonville, but did not fax them in hoping that something would develop with a Division I school.

His academic standing has reportedly improved off the last semester and he is set to qualify. He more than qualifies on the field with 4.43 speed, and as a senior earned All-Central Florida first-team honors at receiver finishing with 54 receptions for 1,161 yards and nine touchdowns. He also carried the ball 21 times for 187 yards rushing. As a junior he had 40 catches for 730 yards and 10 touchdowns.


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