Might Tayven Jackson follow in his brother’s footsteps at IU?
The younger brother of Trayce Jackson-Davis, Jackson is in the transfer portal and planning to visit IU on Saturday, The Daily Hoosier can confirm.
The former top-200 4-star prospect could provide an immediate boost to Indiana’s quarterback room going into spring practice if they can land him.
The 6-foot-3 Jackson was Tennessee’s No. 3 quarterback in 2022 behind Hendon Hooker and Joe Milton before suffering a left shoulder injury in October. He was back practicing in December and should be fully available for spring practice wherever he lands.
As of right now, Indiana only has redshirt freshman Brendan Sorsby and freshman Broc Lowry expected to participate in spring practice. The Hoosiers are also talking to veteran signal caller Chance Nolan.
As a true freshman this season Jackson completed 3-of-4 passes for 37 yards and added 10 rushing yards on four carries.
He played late in Tennessee’s early seasons wins over Ball State and Akron in September. He completed the first passes and scored the first touchdown of his career against the Zips, on a 1-yard keeper. In an October contest he logged one completion for nine yards against UT Martin and rushed for nine yards.
Jackson-Davis went down to Jackson’s game against Alabama in the fall and could be seen celebrating on the field with the fans.
Jackson is expected to be on hand Saturday when Jackson-Davis and his IU basketball teammates face Wisconsin.
Jackson played in just three games and thus qualified for a redshirt 2022 season. He’ll have four seasons of eligibility remaining.
A Greenwood, Ind. product, Jackson was rated a 4-star and ranked the No. 237 overall player and No. 12 quarterback in the 2022 class by 247Sports. He was a consensus 4-star across the recruiting services. He led Center Grove H.S. to 28 wins and two state championships during his junior and senior seasons. He finished his high school career with 4,813 passing yards and 47 touchdown passes.
Jackson was recruited by Indiana out of high school but committed to Tennessee in April, 2021. He committed to the Vols over main suitors Arizona State, Florida State, Texas A&M and UCLA. IU was his first Power Five offer back in April, 2020.
He joined Tennessee as an early enrollee in January and participated in spring practice last year.
His father Ray Jackson played cornerback at Washington State and was a member of the Cougars’ 1998 Pac-10 champion and Rose Bowl team, before playing for three NFL teams in four years.
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