One of the most coveted available graduate transfer quarterbacks is off the board.
On Monday night, Josh Jackson, formerly of Virginia Tech, announced his commitment to continue his college football career at Maryland. Jackson, if he graduates from Virginia Tech this spring as expected, would be eligible to suit up immediately for the Terps next fall with at least two years of eligibility remaining.
Jackson started 16 games for the Hokies over the past two seasons — all 13 in 2017 as a redshirt freshman and three in 2018. Over that span, Jackson threw for 3,566 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 59.9 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 385 yards and seven touchdowns.
Jackson’s 2018 season was cut short by a fractured fibula. He was one of several Virginia Tech players to announce a transfer last month.
What does this mean for Maryland?
This is a big pickup for first-year Terps head coach Mike Locksley. Maryland has been plagued by quarterback issues in recent years — both due to inadequate play and a slew of injuries. Last year, the team played both Kasim Hill and Tyrrell Pigrome as the starting quarterback.
Pigrome started the team’s final two games last fall after Hill suffered a torn ACL for the second time in his Maryland career. Hill, one of the top quarterback recruits in 2017, has since entered his name into the NCAA’s transfer portal and is not expected to return.
With Hill presumably out of the picture, Jackson will compete with Pigrome and true freshman Lance Legendre for the starting role. Legendre, a four-star recruit, signed with Maryland over Florida State on national signing day.
Jackson is the third player to transfer to Maryland this offseason. Wide receiver Sean Savoy, Jackson’s former Virginia Tech teammate, and ex-Ohio State outside linebacker Keandre Jones have also joined the Terps.
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