The Arlington (TX) native tweeted Sunday night he was planning on transferring to Texas A&M to join the Aggies. Rumors have been floating around Norman that Jackson hasn’t been happy in Norman, and could have been looking at a suspension in 2012 anyway due to missed classes and spring practice sessions.
Jackson did not participate in the Sooners’ annual Red-White spring game on April 14.
The problem is that Texas A&M appears to be completely in the dark about Jackson’s desire to transfer down to College Station.
Jackson has corresponded with several Texas A&M players about joining the Aggies, but neither the A&M coaching staff or administration was made aware of Jackson’s desire to transfer. Also, it appears the OU staff was in the dark about Jackson’s plan.
Unfortunately for Jackson, it appears Texas A&M won’t be taking him, even if Jackson does file all the necessary paperwork. The Aggies are set at the wide receiver position, so Jackson could be caught in limbo between the two schools.
It’s unlikely OU would take him back because of the aforementioned off the field issues and suspension. Also, the Sooners are bringing in a huge group of receivers for the 2012 season. Freshman Trey Metoyer is already on campus and dazzled coaches, teammates, and eventually fans with his performance throughout the spring. Junior college transfer Courtney Gardner needs to finish one last class to complete junior college before he arrives in Norman for the fall. Durron Neal, Derrick Woods, and Sterling Shepard round out the group.
It’s an unfortunate situation for Jackson, who seemed to be a promising talent for the Sooners last season. In the long run, though, OU won’t miss him if each of the receivers in the 2011 class end up as good as advertised.
For Jackson, a little bit of planning might have gone a long way.