Georgia Tech Football Meet the Freshmen: LB Quez Jackson

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Victor Alexander
DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Victor Alexander /

In today’s Meet the Freshmen post we look at early enrollee, linebacker Quez Jackson.

A three-star outside linebacker from Peach County, Quez Jackson was one of four early enrollees from the 2018 recruiting class. The extra time in the program allowed the Fort Valley native to make his mark among the linebackers and had an overall impressive spring.

Ranked coming out of high school as a top-50 inside linebacker, Jackson was high on the Jackets defensive recruiting board last cycle.

Recruiting Refresher:

As said above, Jackson was a three-star recruit in the 2018 cycle and was ranked as a top 1,200 player nationally, a top 50 linebacker and a top 120 player in the state of Georgia. Over his recruitment, Jackson received at least 19 scholarship offers including Power 5 offers from Maryland, Rutgers, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

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Jackson was being recruited heavily by the Yellow Jackets entering last summer and was highly familiar with the program. So once the Jackets offered, it didn’t Jackson too long to realize that The Flats were the place for him as he committed in early June becoming the first commitment of the 2018 recruiting class.

That being said, not too long after the commitment, Jackson decommitted fearing he made a decision too early. He went through the recruiting motions for about two weeks before recommitting to the program.

What to Expect in 2018:

With how Jackson has developed so far for the Yellow Jackets, the possibility of him seeing legitimate and constant playing time this season continues to become higher. With little depth at linebacker right now, the Yellow Jackets will need to play young players who may not be fully ready.

While it will be baptism by fire, the coaching staff will also only throw players out there they have confidence with. While he probably won’t be an immediate starter for the Jackets, it’s not too crazy to think that with his development timeline so far, that Jackson could become a strong backup early on for the Jackets. He showed his potential in the spring game, now the only question is, “will it transfer to the real games starting September 1st?”. Only time will tell but Tech fans should be highly excited by the quick development of Jackson who could become a cornerstone of the Jackets new 3-4 defense.