Shedrick Jackson, a 3-star wide receiver from Hoover High School in Alabama and the nephew of former professional football and baseball star Bo Jackson, committed to Auburn on Monday.
He ultimately chose the school over Mississippi State, Missouri, Georgia Tech and Memphis.
Jackson, who stands 6'2" and weighs 198 pounds, is Scout's No. 129 wide receiver in the Class of 2018. The scouting site's John Garcia Jr. broke down Jackson's game:
"Jackson is among the more complete wide receiver prospects in the South. He is well put together at about 6-2, 200 pounds, with long arms and broad shoulders. When coupled with his strong hands, he becomes a weapon even without separation from a defender. Jackson has also improved his speed as much as any prospect in the state of Alabama over the last year or so, even clocking sub 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash in 2017. He not only runs well, but runs efficiently, with minimal wasted movement while getting to top speed quickly. He has room to refine his short to intermediate route-running, with more precise cuts while breaking the leverage of the defender. Jackson, who is more of a deep threat than a run-after-catch threat, can use his size and strength to play more elusive in space."
While Jackson isn't the type of prospect his uncle was—Bo Jackson was a Heisman Trophy winner at Auburn and one of the most exciting and electrifying college football players of all time—he's a good addition to a 2018 recruiting class that has gotten off to a somewhat slow start. Auburn currently has the 40th-ranked class, per Scout.com, with just two 4-star recruits currently onboard.
Jackson is the first wideout addition in the class, though the team added 4-star athlete Noah Igbinoghene and 3-star athlete JaTarvious Whitlow—both expected to play wide receiver—in their crop of 2017 recruits
That gives the Tigers a nice trio of future options at the position, with the team likely to seek more wideouts with the rest of the 2018 class. The team won't be expecting Jackson to replicate the impact his uncle had at Auburn, but if he continues to evolve his game, he should be able to make his own mark at Auburn.