Jefferson High School junior wide receiver T.Q. Jackson received an offer from Texas Tech on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and he announced the offer on Twitter.
Jackson told Armchair he was surprised to receive the offer but was glad because he always liked Texas Tech because of the offense that the Red Raiders had. Texas Tech has a more fast-paced offense which he said was a lot like how Jefferson ran its offense.
“The school I play for is pretty balanced,” Jackson said. “I’d say about 60 pass, 40 run, but I’m used to [a] no-huddle and fast-paced [offense].”
In the 2017-18 season, Jackson recorded 938 receiving yards in 40 receptions with 11 receiving touchdowns. In the 2016-17 season, he recorded 1,099 receiving yards in 41 receptions with 11 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps. In total, Jackson has 2,037 receiving yards, 81 receptions and 22 touchdowns going into his senior season in the fall.
Texas Tech has had prolific wide receivers in the past who either have careers in the NFL or are entering the NFL draft. Seniors Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell, Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree are just a few in recent history. However, Jackson said he will try to be better than all of them.
“I’d have to put in the work,” Jackson said. “It’s a big stage, you gotta know how to handle pressure.”
Jackson received his first offer from SMU. He has also received offers from Southern Miss, Arkansas, Tulsa, Houston, UTSA and Arkansas State. However, he is currently deciding between Texas Tech and Arkansas. Recently, Texas Tech lost Highland Park senior John Stephen Jones to the Razorbacks before National Signing Day.
Jackson also visited Baylor and Texas but has yet to receive an offer from either of the schools. Although Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury, offensive coordinator Kevin Johns and outside receivers coach Emmett Jones all made a surprise visit to Jackson at Jefferson, Jackson said.
“It was great, man,” Jackson said. “I didn’t even know he was coming and that made it better.”
Jackson was also able to play a little defensive back as well mostly in the 2016-17 season where he recorded eight solo tackles out of 10 total tackles.
He also made it clear that he can play the defensive back position on his Twitter after sharing a video of him easily deflecting a pass.
Texas Tech will do their best to land this explosive wide receiver and add to the prolific history of Tech wide receivers.