It’s decision day for Kearis Jackson, and the 4-star receiver will choose between Georgia and Alabama on Saturday afternoon.
Jackson, from Fort Valley, Ga., is the No. 127 recruit in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports, and one of the top players in the state of Georgia. He has more than 20 offers, but narrowed his list to the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs, spurning schools such as Auburn, Florida and Ohio State.
Both Alabama and Georgia have one receiver committed to them in their 2018 recruiting classes. For Alabama, it’s Xavier Williams, the 97th-ranked player in the nation. For the Bulldogs, it’s Elijah Moore, who committed to Georgia on Tuesday.
Before Jackson picks between two SEC powers, here’s what fans need to know about the talented receiver.
5. The 4-star receiver is also a state shot put champion
When you think of the shot put, you think of big, burly athletes. But Jackson won the Class 3A state shot put championship in May. Jackson set a personal best with a toss of 51 feet, 4 inches.
As DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell so eloquently noted in that article, “Not many athletes can throw a shot put 51 feet and clock a 4.57 laser time in the 40-yard dash.”
4. Kearis Jackson is one of the best players in the nation
Jackson is the nation’s 127th-ranked player, according to 247Sports, and he’s the nation’s 26th-ranked receiver. At 5-foot-11, 203 pounds, Jackson has the speed and power to line up inside or outside at receiver. He’s the 14th-ranked player in the state of Georgia — and that’s more impressive considering how loaded the state is with talent this season.
3. Kearis Jackson is an Under Armour All-American
Jackson impressed at Nike’s The Opening Finals in July, and he’s received an invitation to the prestigious 2018 Under Armour All-American game. The game, played annually in Orlando, will occur in January and Jackson will be joined by the top recruits in the nation. It will be another opportunity for Jackson to shoot up the recruiting rankings with a strong performance.
2. Kearis Jackson’s stats show he’s poised for a big year
In three years, Jackson has 114 catches for 1,656 yards and 7 touchdowns. As a junior, Jackson caught 52 passes for 739 yards and 9 touchdowns. He’s also a do-it-all offensive weapon. Jackson is averaging 97.5 yards per carry for his career, with 468 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns. Including punt and kick returns, Jackson has 2,910 total yards over his high school career.
Jackson will benefit from Antonio Gilbert, his classmate and quarterback. Gilbert threw for 30 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions as a junior.
1. Kearis Jackson wants to play with 5-star quarterback Justin Fields
Jackson told Jeff Sentell of DawgNation that there’s a “90-percent chance” he’ll play with Justin Fields, the nation’s top-ranked quarterback according to 247Sports. Fields is a 5-star dual-threat quarterback who is atop Georgia’s wish list in the 2018 class. Jackson and Fields are friends.
“If Georgia can get Fields, that will really change things up in Athens,” Jackson told DawgNation earlier in August.
And if Georgia lands both Jackson and Fields? That would be a game-changer.
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