Jacob Peeler has been quite busy since taking the job in Oxford. He landed some big names in 2018. Four-stars Miles Battle and Elijah Moore signed in February, as did three-star Demarcus Gregory. And now he has added four-stars Dannis Jackson and Jonathan Mingo and three-stars Jordan Jernigan and JaVonta Payton to the 2019 class.
Well, Ole Miss’ Eric Bischoff-equivalent is not done yet.
Three-star Centerton, Ark. native Jadon Jackson has decided to end his recruitment and verbally commit to the #MississippiMade New World Order. The nation’s No. 54 wide receiver chose the Ole Miss Rebels over offers from the aforementioned Razorbacks and Tigers as well as Arizona State, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Memphis, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, and Washington State.
As a junior at Bentonville High School, the Natural State’s No. 6 player snagged 61 receptions for 1,439 yards and 14 touchdowns. His top five consisted of Arkansas, Auburn, Missouri, and Oklahoma State, but after a visit to Oxford, meeting Peeler, and his future nWo teammates, that seemed to be enough for him to pull the proverbial trigger.
Jackson, who is originally from York, Penn., has only lived in Arkansas since his ninth-grade year, but it seems that Chad Morris and Arkansas recruiting him as an athlete might have forced his hand to look elsewhere to try and find a home as a receiver. And that’s where Peeler and Ole Miss stepped in.
How does he fit in?
The 6’2, 180-pounder plays inside and outside for the Wolverines and could do the same at Ole Miss. His size is sneaky and his speed is nothing but. Once he gets to the open field, it’s over. He is a savvy route runner who gets ample separation and he high-points the ball extremely well, showing off his ball skills when battling for one-on-one balls. Maybe more impressive than his ball skills are his hands. He plucks footballs out of the air away from defenders with ease and is rarely seen cradling the ball with his body in traffic.
It’s no secret that Ole Miss loses two if not three receivers after 2018 so this 2019 class is going to be the cornerstone for the nWo’s future. I look for Jadon to make an instant impact next season with Matt Corral and the rest of the fellas on offense. His foot speed will also give him an opportunity to make some things happen on special teams as well.
Jackson’s frame has room for maybe 10-15 more pounds and I think he can be another all over the field-type play maker for the Rebels who can line up anywhere and be counted on for third down conversions and tough red zone catches in traffic. His frame, skill set, and playing style reminds me of former Rebel and current Baltimore Raven Quincy Adeboyejo. He is a burner who can take the top off the defense but can also be a possession guy who isn’t scared to go over the middle. Another BIG pickup for the Fast & Furious offense.
Jackon’s commitment, along with those of Jackson, Jernigan, Mingo, and Payton, could push Jacob Peeler towards the top of the list for Recruiter of the Year. Again.