The offensive players at Houston-St. Pius X are getting a lot of attention heading into this spring, including wide receiver Bryson Jackson, who opened his recruitment with an offer from Notre Dame, and now has 11 total offers.
Among those offers is a recent one from Minnesota, who has been on a tear lately offering Texas prospects. The Gophers aren’t the Big Ten team interested in him, and as he continues through his spring schedule, they’ll have to contend with some more local options for his interest.
Leading the way in that group is TCU, who Jackson said has made the biggest impact on his recruitment as of late. He was on campus at the end of January for the Horned Frogs junior day event, and has quickly built a strong rapport with co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie.
“I deal with him most of the time and talk to the receivers coach as well,” he said. “But Coach Sonny stays in contact with me and he’s just a great guy, fun to be around, and he makes it feel just like home out there.”
IN HIS WORDS
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“TCU was a big offer for me,” he said. “I knew about them, I watched (Josh) Doctson do his thing a couple of years ago. But me going on a visit there, talking to the staff, that made a big difference with me so they’re another team I need to take a deeper look into.”
On recent Minnesota offer
“I didn’t really know too much about [P.J. Fleck], but this season he put (Western Michigan) on the map,” he said. “Going undefeated all the way into their bowl game - they lost, but he still did big things there, so I believe Minnesota will be on a nice run this year.”
“Going up there to play would be something new for me,” he said. “I’m willing to move around and make changes to do better ... When they offered me, they told me that they saw my speed, my ability to catch the ball and get going, and that they liked that I always moving around on the field as a playmaker.”
On Penn State
“They had a really great season last year,” he said. “I watched them and stayed in-touch with them, and I’ve seen them make a couple of upsets to throw off some big teams. I saw they had a really good season and I’ve talked to the receivers coach and he sounds like he’s got some big things happening.”
“I like that they move the ball around,” he said. “They work with their receivers as far as blocking, catching, route-running, and they let them play special teams and that’s a big thing for me. I’ve been talking to [Josh Gattis] pretty much every day since they’ve offered me; we talk about family, religion, school, we’re just trying to get closer to each other.”
“I believe that they’re going to pick up right where they left off last season,” he said. “I feel like after Tom Herman left, that actually puts more gasoline on the fire and keep them going. I feel like they’re going to step up and run their conference again.”
“I went on a visit there recently and talked to the wide receivers coach and talked to Major Applewhite,” he said. “It was just a great environment and they seemed very interested me, so I’ll be taking a deeper look into them soon.”
Jackson’s recruitment has been cooking over the past couple of weeks and will likely continue to do so through the spring. He is the beneficiary of playing a key role in a high-powered offense with top 2019 quarterback Grant Gunnell.
He has long speed and and is the highly-athletic prospect that can be an inside-out target at wide receiver. Jackson has the opportunity to play in a variety of offenses and is no doubt interested in learning more about his possible fit in them, but for now, he seems focused most on the relationships he’s building with the coaches recruiting him.