Report: Former Gators CB could reunite with Muschamp
Will Muschamp could be signing a talented Florida cornerback for the second time.
Phil Kornblut of SportsTalkSC.com is reporting that South Carolina is the favorite to land former Florida cornerback J.C. Jackson. Riverside City College (Calif.) secondary coach Isaac Shipp told Kornblut that Jackson is “leaning towards South Carolina at the moment. He will be finished with his AA in mid-June.”
Jackson, a former four-star recruit from Immokalee, Fla., originally signed in UF’s 2014 class, Muschamp’s last. He was considered the No. 20 overall prospect in the Sunshine State and a huge get for the Gators. South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson was Jackson’s primary recruiter.
Before his Gators career could get started, Jackson had shoulder surgery and redshirted for the 2014 season. He was considered a favorite to start at cornerback in 2015, but was dismissed from the team in April following four felony charges relating to a break in and armed robbery of a Gainesville apartment. Jackson was found not guilty of all charges in November.
Shipp considers Jackson a special talent that could boost South Carolina’s secondary.
“He has size, speed, technique and a good football IQ,” Shipp said. “He definitely will be an immediate, huge impact player on any team in the nation. He is a NFL guy as long as he stays healthy, one of the best I have had the honor to have coached.”
Due to the trial in Gainesville, Jackson appeared in only six games for Riverside last fall, recording 25 tackles, three tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two pass breakups. He has also considered Maryland, USF and Miami as transfer destinations.