The Syracuse Orange have said goodbye to four great wide receivers in the last two years. And while there’s quite a few promising young wideouts waiting in the wings, it’s never a bad thing to add some additional experience to one of this offense’s most important positions.
Syracuse has done just that on Monday, adding former four-star wide receiver Trishton Jackson from the Michigan State Spartans.
Jackson played minimally over his first two years at MSU, with 17 catches for 232 yards and a touchdown. During his sophomore season in 2017, he had 12 receptions for 143 yards -- including a five-catch game against Notre Dame in September. As a rising junior, he’d sit out 2018 for the Orange, before joining the team for two years of eligibility in 2019 and 2020.
Jackson’s a product of West Bloomfield, Mich. and is a former teammate of SU safety Evan Foster. At 6-foot-1 and 179 pounds right now, he’s a speedy receiver who could potentially fill a tweener role between SU’s inside and outside wideout roles.
While it doesn’t necessarily help the void Syracuse could potentially be dealing with for 2018, this is still a big move for the program to attract a former blue-chipper mid-college career. SU’s had two All-American pass-catchers (Amba Etta-Tawo, Steve Ishmael) in the past two seasons. That sort of reputation starts to precede the program and speaks to players looking to put up bigger numbers and position themselves for a possible NFL future.
Welcome aboard, Trishton! And looking forward to seeing our first glimpses of him during this year’s spring game. He’s already enrolled in the student directory, so he’s already in the door and will have plenty of time to learn the nuances of this offense before officially taking the field.
Some video of him from when he was a recruit below.