Kearis Jackson, a 4-star receiver from Fort Valley, Ga., is ready to make a commitment on Saturday. The 2018 recruit is down to Georgia and Alabama after narrowing his list from more than 20 offers. Among the schools that didn’t make the cut were Auburn, Florida, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Florida State.
Georgia rides a wave of momentum into Jackson’s announcement after picking up commitments from 4-star receiver Elijah Moore and 4-star defensive end Azeez Ojulari this week. Should Jackson pick the Bulldogs, it would be a perfect end to a nearly perfect recruiting week.
Here’s what fans need to know about Kearis Jackson.
5. Kearis Jackson is among 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 even more impressive considering how loaded the state is with talent this season.
4. Jackson is an Under Armour All-American
Jackson impressed at Nike’s The Opening Finals in July, and he’s already received an invitation to the prestigious 2018 Under Armour All-America Game. The Jan. 6 game in Orlando, Fla., will feature the top recruits in the nation. It will be another opportunity for Jackson to shoot up the rankings with a strong performance.
3. He is also a state shot put champion
When you think of the shot put, you think of big, burly athletes. But Jackson – again, a 5-11 wide receiver — 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.”
2. Jackson is Georgia’s top target at receiver
While Georgia landed a commitment from Moore on Tuesday, Jackson is the biggest fish in their pond. Moore is the nation’s 38th-ranked receiver; Jackson is No. 27. While they’re similar in height, Jackson is about 20 pounds heavier than Moore. And, it’s always important to keep the top talent in the state. Landing Jackson would be a monumental get for Kirby Smart.
1. He wants to play with 5-star QB 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, and the two are very familiar with each other.
“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-changing duo.