Jackson is a native of Broward County, Florida, which is one of the hotbeds for football in Florida, as well as the country as a whole. Before Jackson won the Heisman trophy in 2016, he was a star quarterback at Boyton Beach High School.
During Jackson’s time at Boyton Beach, he put up ridiculous numbers during his two seasons as the varsity starting quarterback. He had a total of 31 passing touchdowns along with 22 rushing touchdowns. Jackson’s quarterback rating was 102.7 as he threw for over 2,000 yards.
Jackson was listed as a four-star recruit by Rivals and received offers from 15 schools, including Florida, Florida State, Auburn, and Nebraska. However, Jackson ultimately decided on Louisville.
Jackson has been the topic of discussion this draft season, with some commentators wanting him to move to another position. The 21-year-old is very mobile, but he insists that he wants to play quarterback or nothing at all. With the production he’s had in his college career, who can blame him?
Jackson is the fastest QB in this class, although he made a point not to run the 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine, allowing USF QB Quinton Flowers to post the best time. He believed that showcasing his speed would just lead to more speculation that he should switch positions.