Jackson could return to Tech football team

Chris Jackson will be re-instated to the Georgia Tech football team if he meets conditions over the summer set by coach Paul Johnson.

Jackson, who left the team last fall and was in considerable academic trouble, met with Johnson last week, according to Rex Robertson, a mentor to Jackson and his offensive coordinator at Henry County High.

“He had to make a lifestyle change and he did that over the last five months,” Robertson said.

Jackson is just shy of the 2.0 GPA he needs to be eligible and is taking summer classes to try to clear that mark, according to Robertson. Jackson was a hotly pursued recruit coming out of Henry County and Alabama, where he played as a true freshman in 2008. He transferred to Tech in 2009 but did not play in the 2010 season after tearing his hamstring and then getting dismissed in November. At the time, Johnson said Jackson was dismissed for a combination of things.

“He and I just didn’t see eye to eye,” Johnson said.

Jackson, who came to Tech as an A-back, would play wide receiver, his high school position. Jackson has been studying video cut-ups of routes provided to him by wide receivers coach Buzz Preston. Jackson would have two years of eligibility starting with the upcoming season.

“We’re grateful to Coach Johnson,” Robertson said.

142 comments Add your comment

goldwreck

May 20th, 2011
7:29 am

I hope he makes it back.

reebok

May 20th, 2011
7:29 am

we could use a receiver…hope the young man straightens himself out an gets eligible.

Hayseed Dixie

May 20th, 2011
7:30 am

Scout had him listed as a 4 star.

No shame in having to mess up, go home, and get your head screwed back on straight. Happens to all of us at some time or another.

Hope he can contribute- at the least finish his free college education.

Ken, I’ve loved your coverage. Just out of curiosity, where’s Doug? Do you guys rotate?

Burdell

May 20th, 2011
8:01 am

Sounds like a young man trying to get things right. Hope he succeeds.

Ken Sugiura

May 20th, 2011
8:06 am

Thanks, Hayseed. Doug and I have more or less switched positions. He’s a general assignment reporter now and has been doing great stuff with the new assignment. he wrote this about the sports program at Ringgold High School trying to rally the community after the tornado.
http://bit.ly/lWNuc8

Brooke

May 20th, 2011
8:08 am

” At the time, Johnson said Johnson was dismissed for …” I assume the 2nd Johnson in this sentence is actually referring to Jackson.

Vulture

May 20th, 2011
8:11 am

Character/Confidence builder. Hope the kid the best. Good story.

Jackets21

May 20th, 2011
8:22 am

I really hope he’s turned around and committed. The Jackets are desperately in need of a talented WR. This would be a tremendous upgrade from whats there now.

Old Gold Britches

May 20th, 2011
8:30 am

Keep up you efforts Chris! Hope to see you on the field.

Jason

May 20th, 2011
8:33 am

Most often high character people are people that had to go through a period where they were humbled, broken, and desperate. Hopefully, he is on his way to becoming that type of high character person. Best wishes to him that he figures out what he needs to become in order to succeed in school and on the football field.

Joshua Barlowe

May 20th, 2011
8:34 am

Good for Chris Jackson. Hope he makes it back, we could sure use him at WR.

Buzzed

May 20th, 2011
8:36 am

Is our record still clean? You know, the one that says we never recruit/sign anyone with academic liabilities. We are, after all, the national bastion of intelligence.

Chris

May 20th, 2011
8:42 am

Having been through the daily nightmare that Tech can be sometimes, I can totally understand not performing up to snuff. I wasn’t even an athlete (though I was in the marching band) and I got the boot for a semester because my grades were terrible. I learned from the experience, worked a crappy job for a semester and decided that it was time to get serious. I finished on the dean’s list for my last 3 semesters and the whole ordeal made me stronger.

Best Regards

May 20th, 2011
8:42 am

Johnson said JACKSON was dismissed for a combination of things.

Go Jackets!

SC Tech fan

May 20th, 2011
8:47 am

Buzzed, you are really a product of bastion of intelligence, would it be the University of Mars.

WnE

May 20th, 2011
8:50 am

Wow!

Just goes to show how poorly Coach Kung Fu Panda has recruited during his first 3.5 to 4 yrs. at GT.

Had he recruited better he wouldn’t have to put up with an SEC reject that then went on to screw up at GT with issues pertaining to his WORK ETHIC.

CPJ is so desperate for decent WR/A-Back talent that he’s getting slack on discipline.

I wonder what the holier-than-thou, smarmy, smug, geek-nerd-loser Fanbase of GT has to say about this move by CPJ?

It is amazing how Coach punch-em-in-the-mouth “adjusts” his discipline based on his returning talent, deep down inside EACH & EVERY GT FAN knows that this “2nd chance” would NOT take place if CPJ had another Bay-Bay on the Roster for 2011.

Kinda hard for the “Smug segment” of GT fans (not me of course) to wax poetic about how we are so much better than the “factories” when our HC looks at his depth chart and does the same exact things as the factory schools that GT fans CRITICIZE so much; and that includes taking an Academic RISK at DL that had trouble qualifying at Auburn & Tenn. St.

More and more CPJ is looking like a PE MAJOR from Western Carolina than a HC from a Service Academy.

WrecksNEffect

May 20th, 2011
8:55 am

I am tool and always will be.

William Casey

May 20th, 2011
9:02 am

People make mistakes, especially at Chris’s age and Georgia Tech as a school is very unforgiving. Everyone (including players at UGA) deserves a second chance. The real key is for a man to TAKE ACTION to change himself and remove personal defects. I hope that Chris does. I’m not real big on “third chances,” though.

the real Old Gold

May 20th, 2011
9:03 am

Second chances are always a good story.

Buzzwax

May 20th, 2011
9:05 am

Looks like WnE needs some breast milk to fill that void in his soul….

WnE

May 20th, 2011
9:05 am

re:
William Casey
May 20th, 2011
9:02 am

People make mistakes, especially at Chris’s age and Georgia Tech as a school is very unforgiving. Everyone (including players at UGA) deserves a second chance. The real key is for a man to TAKE ACTION to change himself and remove personal defects. I hope that Chris does. I’m not real big on “third chances,” though.
_______________________

Wow!

I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that nice written from a GT fan about a Mutt Player, how forgiving on your part.

If GT didn’t have a FB player in trouble academically would you still feel that way about 2nd chances for Mutt players?

WnE

May 20th, 2011
9:06 am

re:
Buzzwax
May 20th, 2011
9:05 am
______________________

Are my FACTS incorrect?

Do YOU think that if we had a Bay-Bay-esque talent at WR for 2011 that CPJ would still grant Jackson this 2nd chance?

At some point putzes like you are gonna have to answer some LEGIT questions rather than just attack the messenger!

JasonGT

May 20th, 2011
9:17 am

So CPJ is being slack on discipline by kicking the guy off the team? This story has little to do with the GT football team and a lot to do with Jackson wanting to play for GT. He’s not on scholarship and not part of the team. GT is not recruiting him, but he does have the opportunity to walk on to the team just like any other student at GT if he is eligible.

Also, this isn’t a GT vs. UGA issue. Where did this kid come from? The oversigning king himself Nick Saban. Stories like this need to be more publicized to show current recruits that if you don’t make the cut in tryouts at Alabama you’re gone. How many lives has Saban ruined of recruits that probably needed some work to become good SEC talent but would have been fine in other BCS leagues?

Alabama Jack

May 20th, 2011
9:18 am

Special for WnE – bite my ass, dawg loser.

Ken Sugiura

May 20th, 2011
9:25 am

Thanks for the editing help. Johnson said Jackson was dismissed for a variety of factors and for not seeing eye to eye.
To clear something up: Jackson will go back on scholarship if he re-gains eligibility.

gtkenz

May 20th, 2011
9:28 am

Personal issues aside, this kid could play. Coming back from a torn hammy is the other key. Can he regain his quickness and top speed, I hope but I don’t know. If he can, and if he can keep moving in the right direction as a person, he has Hines Ward type ability.

I hope all our UGA jail bird banter doesn’t create bad karma here. Good luck kid.

GTBob

May 20th, 2011
9:29 am

I was happy that CPJ kicked him off the team but i’m also happy that he is trying his hardest to get back on. This could be a great growing experience for the young man regardless of whether he sees the football field or not.

Techmate

May 20th, 2011
9:33 am

Glad for the kid to get a second chance. If we are lucky, we learn sooner than later that our lives are about making good choices.

Tech can use another good receiver. I still don’t think we’ve seen the totality of CPJ’s offense. While not a true run and shoot offense, I think CPJ will definitely throw the ball more with a good passing QB and a few aggressive, “own the ball” receivers. That will only make teh running game stronger.

To the Tech receiver corps: Learn to own the ball when it’s thrown in your direction. Become another force on your team. Time to get fierce, guys. Make the plays.

billdawg

May 20th, 2011
9:36 am

gtkenz,
But can he dance?

That is All

May 20th, 2011
9:39 am

404

May 20th, 2011
9:44 am

Isnt Kung-Fu Panda……the Dragon Warrior

WnE

May 20th, 2011
9:54 am

No, Kung Fu Panda is a dumpy fat-ass that has delusions of grandeur about himself that are totally unfounded, kinda like CPJ and his so-called “genius tag” with his gimmicky Offense that got shut down by Air Force and a 7-5 L$U team in 2 different bowl games.

weneedhelp

May 20th, 2011
10:01 am

I say lets try and get Kyle Jackson back any kid that can graduate from MaTech in 31/2 years and recruit the way he did in 2007 is worth the spot. He also was a hell of a LB his first full seasonand Coach OLDASHELL didn’t give him a fair shot his last season in my opinion……

old man carving canoe...

May 20th, 2011
10:02 am

WrecksNEffect, isn’t that the same pathetic person who uses twitter to talk to student athletes to persuade them to go against Tech because he was ousted by the Tech fan base/message boards. Keep crying more and trying to go against your school because you are upset over you getting dismissed by internet message boards. Getting your feelings hurt over the internet is sad, sad day.

On Jackson I am glad that hes making his way back I had high hopes for him at WR or at least a pass catching A-back who doesn’t have iron hands like some of the others (Stephen Hill).

Watkinsville Hound

May 20th, 2011
10:14 am

This is EXTREMELY hypocritical of the way you nerds act when a UGA player has academic questions.

And I was under the impression you don’t recruit anything but upper academic echelon??

Weird how the truth is revealed sometimes, isn’t it??

404

May 20th, 2011
10:28 am

WnE; So why do you care ?

Uh, D-A Watkinsville Hound:
GT does not offer any REMEDIAL coursework to atheltes
that is STANDARD practice at UGA.

So, when a UGA player cant handle the REMEDIAL coursework at UGA,
it means the kid is really an illiterate.

Nothing hypocritical about that.

JM

May 20th, 2011
10:30 am

The sad thing about all this is Jackson had no academic problems at all in Alabama, passed everything easily.

Paul in RDU

May 20th, 2011
10:45 am

I just realized who WnE reminds me of – some of the townspeople from Hickory, IN. An IM from GT (class of 90) he’s never coached a college game in his life but somehow he feels that he is an expert on recruiting, building a team, disciplining and motivating players – not to mention that he can read Paul Johnson’s mind on his motives for reinstating a guy he had previously kicked off the team.
Seems to me that WnE is the true “Kung Fu Panda”.

supersize that order, mutt

May 20th, 2011
10:53 am

Isn’t WnE the one who twittered Vad Lee over and over and over dissing on Tech? Why would anybody think she has anything intelligent to say? What a loser !!!!

football_365

May 20th, 2011
10:54 am

Im glad this kid is getting a second chance hope he gets it right this time! To you tech fans lets cut the crap and quit acting like tech is above everybody else. Face it everybody at tech is not a rocket scientist, and college kids from coast to coast make mistakes. Hopefully now the conversations will be about football since we all see everything about tech isnt as perfect as you guys try to make it.

78 DAWG

May 20th, 2011
10:57 am

I don’t like to admit it but Tech doesn’t have remedial classes and easy majors to hide football players in. The management major is as difficult as 90% of the majors at most schools. If Jackson is in management and has a 1.9 gpa, he couldn’t have an IQ below 110. I hope he listens to his mentor gets on track graduates and LOSSES TO THE DAWGS FOR THE NEXT 2 YEARS.

supersize that order, mutt

May 20th, 2011
10:57 am

By the way, WnE, AF didn’t stop Tech’s offense as much as Tech had nobody who could catch a punt. The offensive stats against AF were not bad, and, I might remind you, AF runs a very similar offense to Tech’s and knows HOW to defend it. In fact, Tech did a pretty good job of defending AF’s offense for the same reason. What lost that game for the Jackets was a total inability to catch punts. And I might remind you too, that for a so-called gimmicky offense, the mutts have yet to stop it; Tech’s 2 out of 3 losses to the mutts were because Tech had no defense at all.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 20th, 2011
11:23 am

I really had no idea that a 2.0 grade point average allowed for a scholarship in college. Where are the high school teachers and coaches when they are needed. Does this kid really have a legitimate chance to suceed when he is struggling to get to 2.0
I think the NFL needs to start thier own minor leagues for players, that can’t make it in college but are good atheletes. It just seems wrong that these folks use up money, and obviuosly are not a bit interested in anything but the NFL. Baseball has their own minor leagues and the NFL needs to get one also.
It is sad if kids like t5his are not even taught b asic courses in High School and then go to college, leave their junior year if they get that far, and have probably not gotten any more educated than if they never ecven attended a class. I would think with the courses being so tough at Tech. as is claimed, this kid would not even havce a chance in class.

Tech Guy

May 20th, 2011
11:25 am

I hope he does what it takes. We need someone who can catch the ball.

EXPOSED

May 20th, 2011
11:28 am

2.0 GPA…….

So Tech football players are only required to have a 2.0 GPA (like all NCAA regulations)

I thought Tech held their players to standards above the NCAA requirement???

Well, we can cancel the “academics, academics, academics” argument from Techies in a FOOTBALL argument.

I am glad that is over!

supersize that order, mutt

May 20th, 2011
11:33 am

Rocket, it’s not just the athletes who apparently aren’t prepared for college, and it’s also not just a matter of academic preparation; it is often a kind of emotional, or perhaps, cultural preparation for the change. I had a roommate while at Tech who was a couple of years older than me and had entered Tech, done miserably, and dropped out. When he dropped out, he decided to join the US Marines. When he finished his time in the Marines, he re-entered Tech as sophomore majoring in Physics. He pulled a 4.0 his first quarter back and went on not only to graduate with high honors but ultimately to earn a phD in Physics (plasma physics) from FSU. Sometimes it takes a little time off to get one’s head on. Let’s hope that Jackson has gotten his head on now and not only comes back but succeeds beyond expectations.

supersize that order, mutt

May 20th, 2011
11:38 am

EXPOSED, you made no valid point whatsoever in your post. I guess it’s your ignorance that has been exposed.

[...] Jackson could return to Tech football teamAtlanta Journal Constitution (blog)Chris Jackson will be re-instated to the Georgia Tech football team if he meets conditions over the summer set by coach Paul Johnson. Jackson, who left the team last fall and was in considerable academic trouble, met with Johnson last week, … [...]

gt

May 20th, 2011
11:53 am

The one position we need some help is WR. If we make this kid a better person and he helps us be a better football team we are watching college football at it’s finest. It also shades a little more light on what Johnson is really after which is commitment. Nobody pulling harder for the good guys than me. When the player has no respect for the program and the program wins we all lose.

Dawglasville

May 20th, 2011
11:57 am

supersize that order, mutt – Although I have always been irked by your blog name I have to say that I couldn’t agree more with your 11:33 post. No one loves a redemption story more than me, unless of course the hero of it beats my Dawgs. Good luck to the young man. Johnson is doing the right thing. Part of his job is to shape young men.