BREAKING: Quick junior college WR with Sage connection, ability to "turn short passes into 60" verbals to Washington State

JUNIOR COLLEGE slot receiver Calvin Jackson decided not to wait for any more offers to come through the door. Given what he knows about Cougar inside receivers coach and area recruiter Derek Sage, there was no need. CF.C talks to the newest member of Mike Leach's 2018 recruiting class.

Out of Independence Community College in Kansas, Jackson (5-10, 170) was seeing rising interest from Texas Tech and others but he decided there was no reason to play the waiting game – Wazzu was the one.

“I know a lot about Coach Sage," said Jackson. "He recruited me a lot to come to Toledo and now that I’m at a junior college, he continued to recruit me. That stuck with me -- that showed me loyalty."

Jackson said he’s on pace to be a mid-year transfer in December and to get an early start at Washington State. He will have 3-to-play-2.

What Wazzu likes most about him, Jackson said, was his ability to gain yards after the pass.

“What Coach Sage liked about me in high school was (my ability) to take short passes and turn them in 60 yarders. And now at the college level, he sees that I’m doing the same thing,” said Jackson.

Jackson was Independence’s leading receiver as a true freshman last season, with 49 receptions in nine games for 649 yards and 5 TDs.

“We’ve been practicing a lot of different stuff (this spring) with me going out deep sometimes, lining up outside sometimes,  but Coach Sage likes me inside because I can turn something small into something big,” said Jackson.

Jackson said he plans on taking an unofficial visit to WSU this spring or in the summer. 

He is Leach's third known commit in the 2018 class, joining Los Angeles LB Victor Terry and Texas RUSH/DE Tyree Wilson.

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