Trishton Jackson visited Michigan State in November and “fell in love with the place.”
The problem was that Jackson didn’t have a football scholarship offer from MSU.
A dual threat as a quarterback and wide receiver who will be a senior this fall at West Bloomfield High, Jackson got a chance to perform in front of coach Mark Dantonio and his staff at last week’s Sound Mind Sound Body camp at Macomb Dakota High.
The scholarship offer finally came and Jackson made it official Thursday.
“I narrowed it down to what I like the most about colleges; education, family atmosphere and bonding with the players,” Jackson said. “That’s what went into my decision to go to Michigan State. They made the offer after the Sound Mind Sound Body camp.”
He became the 19th verbal commitment of what is becoming a great 2016 recruiting class for MSU. He solidified his position by attending the MSU football camp over the weekend by putting up impressive testing numbers and catching long touchdown passes while making plays during 7-on-7 drills.
Jackson said wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel, recruiting coordinator Brad Salem and director of football operations Tim Allen made sure they let Jackson know he was wanted.
Jackson is listed at 6-feet-2 and 181 pounds and is ranked by Rivals.com as the 11th-best prospect in the state of Michigan. He’s a three-star prospect ranked as the nation’s No. 73 receiver. He’s the third receiver in MSU’s class, joining four-star prospects Cameron Chambers (No. 28 receiver nationally) and Justin Layne (No. 39).
Jackson is expected to start again at quarterback this fall, but his future at MSU will be at receiver. A basketball and football standout, Jackson held more than a dozen offers — including Iowa, Pittsburgh and Purdue — but MSU was in his heart.
“This takes the pressure off as far as what school I’m going to, but I have goals for the season,” Jackson said. “I have goals for my team and for this season. We have a lot of talent. We’re looking to make a big run this year. We want to go further than last year.
“Everything this summer will stay the same, this is just a big step for me.”
Verbal commitments are nonbinding until national letters of intent are signed in February.
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