West Virginia head coach Neal Brown has dipped into the vast Florida recruiting grounds early and often for the class of 2022, and the dividends have been immediate. With three recruits from Florida already verbally committed to WVU’s 2022 class, the fourth could be on the way.
2022 three-star wide receiver Mike Jackson Jr. from Miami Palmetto High School in Miami, Florida has narrowed down his list of suitors to just five schools, and the Mountaineers made the cut.
Blessed ✍🏿🖤 pic.twitter.com/XiXKgwb56r
— mike jackson jr (@MikeJacksonjr_) August 31, 2021
Jackson (5-foot-9, 155 pounds) received offers from Virginia Tech, Appalachian State, Louisville, Boston College, Buffalo, Coastal Carolina, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Georgia, Indiana, Kent State, Kentucky, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Pittsburgh, Southern Miss, UAB and Utah State. He narrowed down his Top 5 to Coastal Carolina, Louisville, Miami, Appalachian State and WVU.
With only one official visit to Virginia Tech, Jackson’s recruiting race appears to be open for all five schools in his finalist list. However, he has made an unofficial visit to nearby Miami, posting about the visit on his Twitter.
So, despite a lack of a visit to Morgantown, WVU is still firmly in the race to land Jackson’s commitment. Jackson told WV Sports Now that he’s built a great relationship with Brown so far, and that WVU is a good fit for himself and his family in the future.
WVU’s coaching staff really stands out from the other schools pursuing his commitment, with Jackson speaking highly of Brown’s staff in place in Morgantown.
According to 247Sports and Rivals, the Mountaineers still face an uphill battle in landing Jackson with Miami favored to win his recruiting battle. 247Sports rates him as the 942nd-ranked recruit in the class. Additionally, he’s rated as the 130th-ranked wide receiver and the 125th-ranked recruit in Florida while Rivals gives him a 5.6 recruiting rating.
Jackson said his decision isn’t expected until November 26, after the conclusion of his senior season. Miami Palmetto is 1-1 through the first two games of the season, playing two close games, but Jackson has flashed his electric speed and evasiveness this season.
Come catch me if you can ✍🏿🖤 pic.twitter.com/pmiiPidh5n
— mike jackson jr (@MikeJacksonjr_) August 29, 2021