Miami football would add length and production with D2 All-American JaQuae Jackson

Oct 29, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; South Bend, IN, USA; Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program is one of several in Power Five that have offered Division II All-American wide receiver, JaQuae Jackson. Gaby Urrutia of Inside the U reported that Jackson will spend a few days in South Florida this weekend. Jackson would provide Miami with length at 6’3 and a productive WR.

Jackson improved each year playing at California University of Pennsylvania. As a freshman in 2020, Jackson had 13 receptions for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Jackson improved to 58 receptions for 744 yards and eight TDs in 2021. Jackson elevated his play to 77 receptions for 1178 yards and 13 TDs in 2022.

Colbie Young at 6’5, 215 pounds is the tallest receiver on the Miami roster. Redshirt freshman Isaiah Horton and Young have reportedly been impressive this spring. Miami needs more production at WR in 2023. Young led Miami WRs with 32 receptions for 376 yards in 2022 and topped the Hurricanes with five TDs.

Jackson is scheduled to graduate from California on May 6 and stated that he could announce his next destination the same day. Mario Cristobal mentioned in December that adding a transfer outside WR is a priority. Miami has not been able to add an outside WR through the transfer portal in the 2023 off-season.

Jackson was consistent throughout the 2022 season with seven 100-yard games and TDs in eight contests. The Miami football program needs a consistent outside WR in 2023. Young recorded most of his stats last season with 15 receptions for 237 yards and three TDs in consecutive weeks versus Duke and Virginia Tech in October.

Miami projects to throw deep more often under new offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson. Adding length on the outside at WR will provide quarterback Tyler Van Dyke with a better opportunity in the deep passing game to put his receivers in a better position to catch contested balls.

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The transfer portal will re-open from April 15 through 30. Following spring practice expect most WRs to become available. Miami will conclude its spring practice on April 14 at DRV PNK Stadium. The Hurricanes could lose more players off the roster then as well as add more transfers throughout the spring.