At five-eleven, 170-pounds, Chicago Simeon Vocational High School athlete, Jayshon Jackson has explosive playmaking ability. After a Toledo offer in June, the Rockets never left Jackson's mind and on Sunday, he made the choice to verbally commit to Jason Candle and his staff.
"Toledo was the best fit for me," Jackson told us, "I wanted the time to focus on other things like my size and my teammates," he added on why he committed.
The Chicago to Toledo connection is prominent in many sports in the Glass City as just a few hour trip across I-80 as Jackson now looks forward to making plays in the Mid-American Conference.
"I visited Toledo multiple times, I like the town that surrounds the college and just the overall feel of it. I feel that they would expect me to come in and fight for a spot and make plays on offense and special teams," Jackson continued on his expected role with Toledo.
Jackson stood out in several camps last summer making him an immediate target in the Class of 2018 for Jason Candle, someone who loves to use quick and agile players in his dynamic and powerful offense.
"My speed, agility, and ability to make people miss in open space are all strengths of mine," Jackson said. In terms of how often Toledo contacted him throughout the process, it was often: "Toledo has been recruiting me since June and my relationship with the coaches is very good, we talk daily and it's been like that for a while."
Jackson has an impressive offer sheet, especially early on in the process as Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH), Northern Illinois, Toledo and Western Michigan have all offered with schools like Minnesota showing interest. However, Jackson's first offer came on June 5 from none other than Toledo, we spoke with him back then and here's what he told us as the first domino fell:
"First of all, I'm happy as I can be and by it being my first offer it's the most special one and with the first coach that believes in me, it brings me a lot of loyalty and as far as Toledo it sounds a lot like home."
Jackson now has a chance to make that home a reality as he looks to take his talents to the Glass City.