Watch: IU football target Tayven Jackson, younger brother of Trayce Jackson-Davis, leads game winning drive

It wasn’t his best night, but in a matchup of two of the state’s top teams, Tayven Jackson came through in the end.

Jackson led Center Grove on a final minute scoring drive to save his team’s perfect season going into the Indiana high school playoffs.

The 6-foot-5 younger brother of IU basketball forward Trayce Jackson-Davis managed the clock masterfully and delivered a scoring strike with just seconds remaining to lead Center Grove to a 17-13 come from behind win.  Jackson overcame two interceptions earlier in the game against a previously undefeated and nationally ranked Cathedral squad.

Jackson’s recruitment has grown substantially over the last six months.  A three-star recruit, he is rated the No. 29 pro-style quarterback in the class of 2022 by the 247Sports Composite.

While IU was the first power-five program to offer a scholarship, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Arizona State, Rutgers, Iowa and Minnesota have all followed.

Jackson has led Center Grove to a perfect 9-0 regular season.  The Trojans have been ranked in the top-20 nationally this fall.

Through 8 games Jackson was 60-of-101 for 947 yards with 9 TDs and two interceptions while playing in a run first offense and for a team that has blown out most of their opponents.  Jackson had added 82 rushing yards and 3 more scores prior to Friday’s contest.

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