An offense such asTexas Tech's can never have too many talented receiver prospects. Cedar Hill (TX) High School receiver Jaylon Jackson is one of several juniors that the Red Raider coaching staff has been in on.
The four-star prospect, a member of the Scout 300, could be the next great Dallas-Fort Worth area addition to the receiving corps.
Jackson, who at 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds projects at inside receiver in college, suffered a tear to his ACL last spring and was unable to play for the Cedar Hill Longhorns during the regular season.
"During one of our spring scrimmages, I went up for a ball on a seam route. I came down on it and I got tackled, and my leg bent the opposite way. I got up and kind of shook it off a little bit, then I went back in and the next play I messed it up all the way, on a corner route. I got tackled and I couldn't get up after that."
He was eventually able to retake the field during Cedar Hill's playoff exit against Southlake Carroll. Jackson made the best of the tough situation and thinks he developed as a player despite being sidelined.
"I got to play in our last game in the playoffs, that was a pretty good game for me. But being able to see the game from another view, like a coach or an observer, that was a wonderful experience for me and I think I learned a lot from that."
Not just up and walking around, Jackson is truly 100 percent and even runs track for the Longhorns, competing in the 100-yard dash and 200-yard dash.
"I'm actually in track right now. Hopefully people can see me run, drop my times, see that I picked up my speed and that I'm faster."
In the immediate future, does he have any personal goals for this offseason?
"I would like to show people that I'm fully healthy and recovered, show them that I'm the same Jaylon, that I'm a playmaker. I can open up some peoples' eyes that maybe don't think I'm the same or maybe don't think I'm all the way up. I would love to show people that I'm back."
With the departure of outside receivers coach Darrin Chiaverini, new assistant coach Emmett Jones has taken over the recruitment of Jackson.
"I got to talk to coach Jones a couple of times. Every now and then I hit him up, or we talk. [We talk about] just everything. If I need to know something about the school or want to know anything about the program, I hit him up and he'll either know the answer or get the answer for me."
The Metroplex receiver has known Jones since he first took an unofficial visit during the season last September.
"I've talked to him since the first game against Sam Houston State. I got to meet him and the other coaching staff and from there we just kind of clicked. We talked about a couple of different things. He seemed like a really cool dude and we've just been talking ever since. I congratulated him on his promotion, he was happy about it. "
Coach Chiaverini joining the coaching staff at Colorado was shortly followed by an offer to Jackson from the Buffs.
"[The Colorado offer] was nice. Actually I got to talk to coach Chiaverini that day. He came and visited, that was wonderful. I actually had a call with him that night and we talked about a couple of things, that was great."
However, the Metroplex receiver is still paying close attention to the Red Raiders.
"I still like Texas Tech's offense. Seeing the recruits that they're getting, I'm really observant about that. The quarterback they're bringing in, the coaching staff, always keep that in mind. I'm just being observant about the school and seeing the things that they're trying to do to get better, that's always nice."
The offensive scheme Texas Tech runs has always appealed to Jackson - the no. 7 receiver in the state of Texas and the no. 175 overall player in the nation for the class of 2017.
"I like the way they do their playcalling. They spread the ball out, they put players in position to make plays in one-on-one situations where they can beat their dude. They set them up to be successful. They don't just call up a play and hope it works, there's a method to what they do."
In addition to the scheme, the personnel at Texas Tech appeal to Jackson - namely, quarterbacks Mahomes and Duffey.
"A dual-threat quarterback is always great. They can run around, buy some time, and usually when they do that, that helps us as receivers too. That gives us more time to get open, so that's great."
He also expressed a desire to take yet another unofficial visit to Lubbock (he's taken two already).
"Hopefully I can catch the spring game or the junior day or something like that, hopefully I can get one of those."
Despite his heavy interest in Texas Tech, Jackson has no favorites and no timeline on when he will make a decision.
"I'd have to get back with my parents and see who they like, see how that goes. They really don't care if I go in-state or out-of-state, they just want me to have a good bond with the coaches and be happy whatever school I go to."
Jaylon Jackson holds offers from Colorado, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Kansas, and SMU. He is receiving interest from Baylor, TCU, Tennessee, Ohio State, and Oregon among others.