He came to the firm realization that he had no way of succeeding in Michigan. In Syracuse, he's been following a better trajectory since he enrolled in January 2018. After a year in the limbs – a period of interruption or interruption of Jackson's transfer – his decision has paid off. In his first SU game, he broke into an acrobatic landing catch in the Orange & # 39; s Camping World Bowl victory over West Virginia.
"I had faith that when I came here, I would be more concentrated," Jackson said. "I wouldn't be too close to home. I wouldn't want to call my mom every day, things like that. I'm going to have to grow up and mature as a man. And I think I handled it very well. "
Michigan State was a natural landing place for Jackson from high school. A playing quarterback at West Bloomfield (Michigan) High School in the suburbs of Detroit ̵
But Jackson has always been private to the Spartans. He watched former MSU Plaxico Burress, Aaron Burbridge and Tony Lippett grow up, meeting the last two who play high school football in the greater Detroit area. Jackson was much more fond of nature with the blue collars that the Spartans displayed under the direction of coach Mark Dantonio.
The Rising Senior turned into a star performer, playing the show receiver in 2015 at the annual Mind Mind Sound Body football camp. Addressing the camp, more than a thousand high school athletes, Dantonio, told them, "You want to be a carrier, you want to be the man," according to a story in the Detroit Free Press.
Dantonio talks to Jackson and his father Obby after camp, offering a gray shirt to play wide. The next day, MSU offered a scholarship, which Jackson completed 24 hours later.
The quarterback-turned-catcher went beyond what he expected in his first season for the Spartans, simply breaking through the rotation of mostly upperclassmen, finishing with five receptions, 89 yards and a touchdown. With the departure of three of MSU's top four catchers to graduate, Jackson had to be one of the Spartans' best return prospects.
Then the Spartans lost the fourth receiver in that group and Jackson saw how quickly things could change, In January 2017 freshman freshman Donnie Corley, along with his freshman colleagues Josh King and Demetrick Vance, were terminated and eventually were released by the team in June 2017 for alleged sexual assault. Jackson was shocking to see that three close friends had been removed in a few months.
"I definitely understand how life can change so quickly," Jackson says. "And that made me mature to make the decision to leave. I think I am ripe from this situation. "
Even with MSU's top four receivers of 2016, Jackson stagnated in 2017, catching only seven passes compared to the previous year for only 143 total yards. He never entered the end zone and three true freshmen had more receptions for more yards.
The MSU coaching staff is also not the best fit for Jackson, he said. Orders were given without explanation, and even when well-intentioned, they are rubbed the wrong way. Although the relationship has been maintained, Jackson has not shown a strong will towards Michigan State.
"It's more of a Saban, business-like vibe, and I don't think anyone likes what they have to say about things," Jackson said of Dantonio and the culture in Michigan.
Neither Dantonio nor the then receivers coach Terence Samuel was interviewed by the State of Michigan for this story.
Jackson High School coach Bellamy received a call from the MSU coaching staff that the receiver was transferring. The coach reached out to Jackson to find out what was going on. Then he started calling coaches at college. One of them was Vinson Reynolds, a Syracuse defensive line coach who previously recruited Jackson's older brother to Western Michigan. Bellamy told Reynolds that Jackson was interested in SU.
Bellamy then joined Evan Foster, a sophomore at Jackson High School and SU's current safety, and asked if Syracuse could be a good place for Jackson.