Kearis Jackson is one of those “and” athletes. Definitely.
He can run fast and he can catch passes and he can sling a shot put and he can fling a discus. The Peach County standout can also sign to play receiver or even defensive back for just about any college program he wants to play for.
And Jackson just won the Class 3A state shot put championship. The. Shot. Put.
The 5-foot-11.5, 203-pounder just tossed a 12-pound shot some 51 feet, 4 inches on Thursday morning at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. Jackson set a new personal record with that effort.
Jackson set a new personal record with that effort. Not many athletes can throw a shot put 51 feet and clock a 4.57 laser time in the 40-yard dash.
If you’re looking for a good comparison about how impressive that is, look no further than Cedar Grove U.S. All-American offensive guard Netori Johnson.
Johnson, who signed with UGA in February, weighs in around 345 pounds. The future Georgia lineman is a pretty good athlete at that size, but he finished 12th in Class 3A today with a heave of 44 feet, 3 inches.
He finished 12th in Class 3A today with a heave of 44 feet, 3 inches.
Jackson, the 4-star wide receiver and major UGA target for the Class of 2018, will be busy competing all weekend in Albany.
Kearis Jackson's track & field data = 🔥.
✔48'05" shot put
✔4.4/5.0 PAI WR
Speed + Power! pic.twitter.com/tchEnPvOlm
— Tracking Football (@TrckFootball) April 9, 2017
The Peach County standout just got named to Nike’s “The Opening” finals this summer in Oregon. That places him among the nation’s Top 165 or so football players this year.
The rising also caught 52 passes for 739 yards and nine scores for a 12-2 team in 2016. He had 14 total touchdowns last fall.
Jackson plans to compete in the discus, the 100 meters, the 400 and the 1600-meter relays at the state track meet.
The 4-star receiver can also fling a discus another 161 feet. He has one of the three highest throws on the heat sheet in 3A for that event, too.
Look for Jackson to compete in his final relay event on Saturday afternoon and then travel back some 85 miles to Peach County High School to snag a few passes at receiver against Thomson in the spring football game.
And that’s just the sort of thing Jackson would be prone to do.