Florida has landed its second 2016 recruit. Considering that we are right in the middle of the 2014 cycle, that is notable in itself. What makes this commitment even more noteworthy, though, is the fact that it's a legacy recruit.
2016 ATH Tre Jackson just confirmed with me that he has committed to UF. His dad is former UF star Jack Jackson. #Gators— Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN) July 26, 2013
Just confirmed with Tre Jackson via text that he has committed to Florida. Nice-looking 2016 CB prospect (@CB_EJ3).— Thomas Goldkamp (@Goldkamp247) July 26, 2013
Jackson joins wide receiver Tyler Byrd as one of the first two members of the Gators' 2016 class.
According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN's GatorNation, the elder Jackson notched 143 receptions, 2,266 yards and 29 touchdowns during his time with the Gators. He was an All-American in 1994 (Sports-Reference.com).
Jackson was drafted in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL draft and played one season for the Chicago Bears, per Pro-Football-Reference.com.
The younger Jackson's commitment is undoubtedly a significant one for the Gators program, but there's also the fact that he attends University Laboratory high school, which is a school founded by the LSU College of Education.
University Lab is actually located on LSU's campus, so the Gators reached into the belly of the LSU beast to land the 2016 legacy commitment.
There's still a long time before Jackson's commitment will officially mean anything (signing day, 2016), but for now, his verbal commitment to the Gators program is definitely worth mentioning.