Antwuan Jackson, one of the most-coveted recruits in the 2016 class, is leaving Auburn after just one season. The Tigers are trying to control where he plays his next season of college football.
Jackson — who redshirted last year and would be immediately eligible in 2017 — told The State that Auburn would try and block a transfer for him to another SEC school, Clemson, Mercer or Georgia Southern. The Tigers play in the SEC and the three other schools are on Auburn’s 2017 schedule.
It’s not rare for a program to try and keep a former player out of their conference and off their schedule, ut it’s difficult to find a good reason why one other team made the list.
Jackson said Auburn would also block his transfer to Ohio State, a program which pursued him on the recruiting trail. Jackson could not come up with a reason why the Tigers would not want him in Columbus.
“My question was: Why are they blocking Ohio State for no reason?” Jackson told The State. “They just put Ohio State on there for no reason. My question to them is why are they blocking me from a Big Ten school when they don’t have anything to do with Big Ten schools? Why didn’t they block me from Michigan or Indiana or any other Big Ten school? Why would they do that immediately?”
Jackson, rated as the No. 49 overall player in the 2016 class, picked the Tigers over the Buckeyes in December 2015.
Maybe Auburn does not want Ohio State to have a shot at a recruiting win 18 months later? Jackson has an appeal about his transfer options set for June 8.