Tom Allen and the Indiana football program have landed their starting quarterback for the 2023 season in Tennessee transfer Tayven Jackson.
A class of 2022 out of Center Grove High School, Tayven Jackson was a four-star recruit, and many top college scouts considered him one of the top quarterbacks in the class of 2022.
Jackson was ranked the 13th-best quarterback in the 2022 recruit class, according to 247Sports, but served as a backup behind a senior Heisman nominee, Hendon Hooker, who finished the 2022 season with 3,152 passing yards (30th in FBS) and 69.6 points percentage (9th in FBS) and 27 touchdowns (ranked 18th in FBS).
On top of that, Tennessee also brought in 2023 draft class No. 3 quarterback Nico Iamaleava, and it just seemed like Jackson was destined to return home. It almost seemed like Jackson was being pushed out the door in Knoxville.
The 6-foot-3 quarterback appeared in three games for Tennessee as a freshman, completing three of his four pass attempts for 37 yards and a total of four rushing attempts for 10 yards and a touchdown run against Akron on Sept. 17.
The second-grader, brother of older Indiana basketball star Trayce Jackson-Davis, appeared to find solace alongside his brother and head coach Tom Allen in Bloomington.
Prior to his commitment to move to Indiana, Jackson attended his brother’s game against No. 18 Wisconsin on Saturday, Jan. 14. The Hoosiers dominated the Badgers, 63-45, and along with them, Hoosier Nation helped a little with one “Tayven Jackson” chant during gameplay.
Just three days later, Tayven Jackson announced his official commitment to Tom Allen and the Indiana Football Program, and it looks like the Hoosiers have found their starting quarterback for the 2023 season, especially with Dexter Williams II injured.
It seems like Tom Allen and Hoosier Nation already love Jackson, but Tayven feels the same way:
“I love Coach Allen. I love his energy and enthusiasm. He trains with a chip on his shoulder and I play with a chip on my shoulder. We have a great relationship and hopefully we can grow from it.”
Will Jackson thrive like his brother in cream and purple or will he collapse under the pressure built up by Indiana football fans? I have a great feeling for this hometown Hoosier and can’t wait to see him play!