Indiana has extended a scholarship offer to a familiar face in IU Athletics circles.
The Hoosier football program offered 6-foot-5 class of 2022 quarterback Tayven Jackson on Sunday.
Jackson broke the news on his Twitter account.
— Tayven jackson (@Tayvenjacksonn2) April 26, 2020
“I was really grateful for the offer,” Jackson told The Daily Hoosier.
The scholarship offer comes after Jackson and the IU football staff have developed a relationship going back to last season.
“I’ve been In touch with the coaches since last season,” Jackson said. “It was great talking with them. I’ve learned a lot from them.”
As a sophomore at Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Ind., Jackson threw for 1,215 yards and nine touchdowns while playing in the state’s most talented football conference. The central Indiana MIC Conference regularly produces power five football players.
Jackson is being recruited as a quarterback, but he is a talented athlete and IU could consider him for a number of positions including wide receiver.
Jackson helped lead the Trojans to the state championship game in the state’s largest class. He threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes in that game against Carmel to rally his team before they came up short.
Center Grove, located about 30 minutes north of Bloomington, has produced several IU players over the years including new graduate transfer Jovan Swann. IU is also pursuing two of Jackson’s Center Grove teammates — defensive end Austin Booker (2021) and defensive lineman Caden Curry (2022).
It was a busy day in Tayven’s household. as later in the afternoon his older brother Trayce Jackson-Davis confirmed that he will be returning to IU for his sophomore basketball season. Jackson was a regular at IU games during the 2019-20 season watching his brother play.
Like his brother, Tayven plays basketball for Center Grove as well. He could end up being good enough to earn Division One offers on the hardwood also.
The Indiana football offer was Jackson’s first of the power five variety, and second Division One offer overall. Central Michigan offered him earlier in the week. Jackson is not currently ranked by the main recruiting services.
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