It’s pretty common for the children of great collegiate or professional players to follow their parents’ path to their alma mater. Tre Jackson didn’t do that, but he still may have taken a more direct cue from his father than even a pledge to Florida would have accounted for.
Jackson chose to play for South Carolina on Saturday, picking the Gamecocks over scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Oklahoma, TCU and Mississippi State, among others. The reason? Tre Jackson wanted to play for the same coach as his father, the ol’ ball coach, Steve Spurrier.
Back in the day, Spurrier was directly involved in recruiting Jack Jackson. Perhaps fittingly, this time Spurrier’s son was involved, with Steve Spurrier Jr. reel in Tre Jackson for South Carolina. And, while there’s still plenty of time before National Signing Day, and while Jackson is in the shadow of LSU at University Lab School in Baton Rouge, no one seems to doubt Jackson’s commitment to Spurrier’s fun and gun resurrection in Columbia.
“I chose South Carolina because it was the best fit for me on and off the field,” Jackson told 247 Sports. “And 40 years after I have graduated I can still look back and say I made the right decision. I’m not taking any other visits to schools as of now. I just made up my mind and felt confident in my decision.”