Kansas State football adds running back Joe Jackson; Avery Johnson decision coming Tuesday

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Kansas State's 2023 recruiting class grew to 11 Monday when Florida high school running back announced his commitment to the Wildcats.
Kansas State's 2023 recruiting class grew to 11 Monday when Florida high school running back announced his commitment to the Wildcats.

Kansas State's football celebrated Fourth of July by adding yet another piece to its growing 2023 recruiting class.

Joe Jackson, a 6-foot, 185-pound all-purpose running back from Ridge Community High School in Davenport, Fla., became the 11th player to commit to the Wildcats, making the announcement on social media Monday afternoon.

Jackson is the second running back in the class, joining four-star Derby High School standout Dylan Edwards, who committed on June 23. The Wildcats now anxiously await an announcement from four-star Elite 11 Maize quarterback Avery Johnson, who was to make his commitment at 3 p.m. Tuesday in a ceremony at Maize High School.

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Johnson, the No. 1-ranked prospect in Kansas, would become the sixth top-10 player in the state to commit to the Wildcats. They have not signed the state's top-rated high school player since Winfield quarterback Nick Patton in 2004.

The in-state commitments so far for the Wildcats are Edwards, Kansas City Piper offensive lineman Camden Beebe, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel tight end Will Anciaux, Wichita Collegiate safety Wesley Fair and Blue Valley wide receiver Andre Davis.

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Jackson, meanwhile, chose K-State over Duke and Rutgers, but also held offers from Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Utah, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest, among others. As a junior, he rushed for 1,011 yards and nine touchdowns, averaging 6.7 yards per carry, plus caught 15 passes for 342 yards and five scores for a 5-5 Ridge Community team.

Jackson is the second player to commit to K-State already in July. St. Louis cornerback Damion McIntosh announced his decision Friday.

This article originally appeared on Topeka Capital-Journal: Florida high school running back Joe Jackson chooses Kansas State