Former Florida corner J.C. Jackson has transferred to Maryland and will be on campus Tuesday, 247Sports.com’s Ryan Bartow reported Sunday.
Jackson attended Riverside Community College in California last year, so he can play immediately and has three years of eligibility left. He was a 4-star recruit who enrolled in Florida’s 2014 class and practiced a season under now-Maryland coach D.J. Durkin, the Gators defensive coordinator at the time.
Jackson redshirted in 2014 and was arrested in connection with an armed robbery in April of 2015, so he left Gainesville. But he was working with the first-team defense that spring. According to the Baltimore Sun, Jackson got first-team reps over Jalen Tabor, an All-SEC selection last fall.
This addition fills a big need for the Terps, who graduated three starters in the secondary last season. They’ll have all-conference corner Will Likely across from Jackson. Maryland’s defense ranked 77th in the country against the pass last season, per FootballOutsiders.
Here are Jackson’s high school highlights.