College Football Recruiting: Malique Jackson Commits to Florida State
With lots of well-known prospects on campus for the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp the last few days, Florida State fans have been patiently waiting for news of a huge commitment. While it does not appear one of the high profile prospects will make a verbal commitment this weekend, the Seminoles have received verbals from three other members of the class of 2014.
The latest commitment is a bit of a surprise, as most recruiting experts had not heard much about him until today. Malique Jackson, from Wayne County in Jesup, Georgia, became the 13th member of the 2014 class when he made it official today. The 5-foot-11, 168-pound athlete has played a variety of positions in high school, but participated as a wide receiver and cornerback this week at camp. It appears the Seminoles like him as a corner and that’s where he’ll likely start his career in Tallahassee.
Jackson, who goes by the nickname Bones, is the cousin of another Florida State player, starting guard Tre Jackson. As a quarterback, Jackson proved deadly as both a runner and passer. He threw for over 1500 yards and added another 900 plus on the ground. However, he hasn’t been highly recruited to this point, having only been offered by two other schools.
Florida State is also recruiting another Wayne Country player, Jackson’s teammate Jeremy Patterson, an offensive guard.
While this commit seems a little bit out of left field (Jackson isn’t even rated by Rivals at this point), he is a tremendous athlete with outstanding speed. He will need time to develop, but defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt got a good look at him this week and must have seen something he liked.
The bell cow commitment didn’t come this week, but the Seminoles added three solid players who will have time to develop and contribute.