Name: Courtney Jackson
Position: Wide Receiver
Year: (Redshirt) Freshman
Weight: 173 lbs.
Hometown: Monroeville, Pa.
High School: Gateway
2019 stats: Jackson redshirted, though played in the Orange’s win over Holy Cross.
2020 projections: Only Nykeim Johnson is smaller among the wideouts, and likely the name in front of Jackson when it comes to playing time. The Western PA product figures to get plenty of reps in blowouts to gain experience since Johnson is a senior and take over the traditional slot receiver role, pending a dramatic shift in Dino’s philosophy. Should Johnson go down or not seem to show any flashes, Jackson will be pressed into action.
How’d he get here?: Jackson’s offer list included West Virginia, Boston College, Kentucky and Baylor (among others).
What’d recruiting sites say?: 3 stars from ESPN and 247, boo to Rivals who only gave him 2 stars.
Money quote: Babers said plenty about Jackson following the spring game last year, which bums me out a bit seeing that he probably would have gotten a chance to feature in this year’s edition.
“He’s learning the plays, he’s doing a good job of catching the football and that’s always a big thing for a wide receiver. Now obviously he needs to go out and train this summer and see how he handles it.”
Twitter feed: @cjackson9_
Tweets of wonder: Someone’s excited about Josh Hough committing to the Orange.
What movie would Dino recommend for him?: Much like Jackson, we are waiting for a breakout and don’t have a lot to work with, but are still excited. So I’m going Sweet Girl, an action movie filmed in Pittsburgh starring Jason Mamoa, coming to Netflix next year.
Interesting nugget o’interest: Jackson used his redshirt season intelligently, literally. The wideout made the Athletic Director’s honor roll both semesters.
Let’s get a look at ya: Here’s Jackson in practice last spring beating All-American Andre Cisco for a one handed touchdown grab (second throw).