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Locksley Lands Grade Transfer Quarterback



Former Virginia Tech starter Josh could be Maryland's answer at the quarterback. (Photo: Scooter Waller, 247Sports)

Maryland football has landed one of the nation's top available transfers in search of immediate help at quarterback. Former Virginia Tech starter Josh Jackson has committed to the Terps, potentially giving Mike Locksley an immediate-start starter under the center.

Jackson, who will be eligible immediately, started 1

6 games at Virginia Tech after suffering a leg injury. The Hokies went 11-5 in those games as Jackson completed 272 of 454 passes (59.9 percent) for 3,566 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His career quarterback rating is 139.7. After completing the 9-4 record, he completed 62 percent of his passes for 575 yards, with five touchdowns and one interception last season before breaking his leg in a stunning Week Three loss to Old Dominion.

Jackson visited Maryland over the weekend and made his commitment official; he was Maryland's top priority at quarterback after Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts chose Oklahoma a month ago, and despite heavy interest from Florida State and a number of other Power Five schools, he seemed leaning toward College Park for the past month, sources said.

At Maryland, he is expected to compete with Tyrrell Pigrome for the starting job. Pigrome, who will be a redshirt junior next season, has been an on-and-off starter during his three seasons, including the final two games last season after starter Kasim Hill suffered his second ACL in two seasons; Hill has since entered the NCAA's transfer portal and could depart. Pigrome, meanwhile, also entered his name into the portal but was expected to return. It's unknown if Jackson's arrival will affect his plans.

Maryland's football got the DMV on 'Locks!' (Photo: 247Sports)

A 6-foot-1, 215-pound former three-star prospect at Saline High in Ann Arbor, Mich., Jackson was rated the No. 12 double threat quarterback in the Class of 2016, when he was committed to the Hokies and former coach Frank Beamer. The son of Michigan running backs coach Fred Jackson, he kept his commitment when Justin Fuente took over the program following Beamer's retirement. We 're going to be a great story at Maryland,

In 2017, Jackson l ed all Power Five conference freshman quarterbacks with 2,991 passing yards and 236 completions – both Virginia Tech's freshman records – and ranked second with 20 touchdown passes.

Jackson announced in January his decision to leave Virginia Tech – part of a mass exodus from Blacksburg this offseason. He is the second high-profile quarterback to commit to Maryland this month, joining the four-star Warren Easton High (La.) Senior Lance LeGendre, who chose the Terps over Florida State on National Signing Day


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