Saline, Michigan quarterback Josh Jackson is one of the top QB prospects in the midwest region for the 2016 recruiting class, and his offer list backs that up, as he currently holds offers from 13 schools, including P5 offers from Utah, Northwestern, West Virginia and Minnesota. With offers to a wide variety of schools in a wide variety of conferences, Jackson wants to narrow down his list to five in the coming weeks, so he can better focus on which is school is the right fit for him.
"(The recruiting process) has been going well. I'm a little surprised how fast it picked up, because I didn't play my sophomore season and shared time for part of my junior year, but I'm getting close to committing, so it is a little overwhelming to think about where that'll be." It can be an extremely tough decision for players to make a decision about where they're going to attend college, but for quarterbacks it can be an even tougher decision, as they need to make sure that they not only fit in with the programs offensive philosophy, but also fit in with the current depth chart. Utah got to know Jackson through a connection between his coaching staff and the Utes coaching staff, and they offered 6'2-215lb quarterback in the later part of March. "I have gotten a real good impression from the Utah coaching staff. Coach Roderick and Coach Harding have been talking to me, and they have just been good guys, and honest with me."
Jackson's relationship with the Ute coaching staff has gotten off to a great start, but distance from home could play a factor in his ultimate decision as far as whether or not Utah is the right place for him. "The only thing I have to think about when it comes to Utah is how far away it is from home, but I have gotten a great impression from their coaches so far." Jackson says distance from home will play a small factor in his recruitment, as he wouldn't mind staying close to home, but says he'll go anywhere as long as he feels it's the best fit for him.
With head coach Kyle Whittingham and staff placing an emphasis on dual threat quarterbacks going forward, Jackson is perfect fit for their offensive system, and that's something he himself believes as well. Jackson says the most important factor in his recruitment are being in a power five conference, good academics, a good relationship and trust with the coaching staff, and the ability to win a lot of football games. As for his decision time frame, Jackson hasn't quite locked down a date yet, but knows he wants to cut his list soon. "I'll probably have a Top 5 by the end of this week or next week, but it could easily change because the Spring evalutaion period isn't over yet. I also don't know when I'll make a commitment yet, just because I don't even have a Top 5 yet." Whether or not Jackson's decision comes before his senior season or after, he's someone Utah fans will want to keep a very close eye on.
Check out Jackson's junior highlights here.
Jackson Close To Naming Top 5
Ute Zone Top Stories
Lewis makes the callUtah landed an important piece of its recruiting puzzle this week with the commitment of JUCO standout Tareke Lewis
Ute ZoneFriday at 10:54 AM
Richardson talks Utah pledgeUtah landed the in-state offensive lineman over the weekend. Here's why he decided to become a "Hometown Hero."
Ute ZoneWednesday at 12:59 PM
Utes find new rival in UVU, beat them anywayUtah took down a fiesty Utah Valley squad in the programs' first-ever meeting.
Ute ZoneTuesday at 11:34 PM
Butler-Byrd finds new family at UtahCory Butler-Byrd has overcome more than his share of adversity in life. His family at Utah has helped him overcome it all.
Ute ZoneMonday at 8:56 PM
UteZone Big Board: 12/4UteZone breaks down the top prospects on our radar for the class of 2017