When you’re hot, you’re hot.
Octavius Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 290-pounder from Colquitt County High School, virtually came out of nowhere to be one of the state’s hottest prospects over the last week.
Jackson was offered a football scholarship by the Florida Gators on Tuesday and committed on Friday, despite last-minute pleas by Alabama and Florida State to wait a little longer. His other offers were Vanderbilt and South Florida.
“People have missed on him,” Colquitt County coach Rush Propst said. “His only true offer until a few days ago was Vanderbilt, and they couldn’t believe nobody else was on him. Neither could I.
“I think Octavius is the wave of the future for offensive linemen. Offenses have changed so much, to spread-type offenses, you need athletic kids because of all the screen plays and draws. I think he’s the most suited for that than any kid I’ve ever coached.”
Propst said Jackson “has as much or more upside than any kid he’s ever coached” because of his athleticism, he’s young for his grade (recently turned 17 years old), and has only been playing defense for one year. That includes Florida State’s left tackle, Cameron Erving, and UGA offensive lineman Xzavier Ward.
“I think he’s a 4-star all day long, and I think in some areas he’s a 5-star because of his potential,” Propst said.
Jackson is ranked as a 3-star by 247sports.com
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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