Former Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson has a new home. He will finish his career in the Big Ten at Maryland.
Jackson committed to the Terps tonight, announcing his decision on Twitter. He’s a graduate transfer and will be eligible immediately in 2019.
Jackson has two years of eligibility remaining. He redshirted at Virginia Tech in 2016 before playing a significant role the last two seasons.
— Josh Jackson (@joshiejack17) February 19, 2019
Jackson was the Hokies’ starter in 2017, throwing for 2,991 yards, 20 touchdowns and only nine interceptions as a redshirt freshman. He seemed poised for another strong season in 2018 before a fractured fibula ruined his year.
Jackson suffered the injury in a Week 3 loss against Old Dominion. He never returned to the field, and announced a transfer in January.
At the time of his transfer, Jackson reportedly felt “disrespected” by the fact he was going to have to compete for the starting job in spring practice, according to a report from the Roanoke Times.
One of the major factors in the decision was that Jackson felt disrespected when asked to compete for the starting quarterback job again this spring, a source close to the quarterback said. Jackson lost his spot when he suffered a fractured left fibula against Old Dominion.
“He won the job as a [redshirt] freshman, he won the job as a sophomore, he breaks his leg and now has to do it all over again?” the source said, of Jackson’s thinking. “He gave them three years.”
Jackson was also concerned about the number of players planning to leave the program, according to a source.
A three-star recruit out of Saline (Mich.), Jackson was the 12th-rated dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2016, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.