Washington State Cougars freshman wide receiver Drue Jackson has announced his intention to transfer, via Twitter.
Jackson was a composite three-star recruit in the 2018 class out of Sachse, Texas, but Rivals.com rated the 6-foot-1/180-pounder as a four-star recruit and one of their top 250 recruits in the nation. He was on track to redshirt this year, given the glut of talented receivers on the roster.
And therein most likely lies the rub. The opportunities were almost certain to be limited for Jackson for at least the next year: Tay Martin, Calvin Jackson Jr., Dezmon Patmon and Easop Winston Jr. make up the current two deep, and all are scheduled to return next season. Additionally, another true freshman, Rodrick Fisher, was ahead of him earlier in the year, and there are two other outside receivers currently redshirting in Kassidy Woods and Brandon Gray. And WSU is obviously still out there recruiting guys.
This always bums out fans, because we really like the idea of hoarding as much talent as humanly possible JUST IN CASE, like, eight receivers all get injured at once. But it’s hard to blame Jackson, given the current construction of the roster meant he was unlikely to see meaningful action until his redshirt sophomore season, and even then it was going to be no guarantee.
Best of luck to Jackson as he seeks out a landing spot.
UPDATE: Mike Leach spoke about Jackson after practice.
Mike Leach said Drue Jackson decided to transfer because "he wanted to get closer to home, was the biggest thing." Leach said he wasn't surprised by the #WSU WR's decision: "No, not really. Not really."— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) November 7, 2018
The relevant portion is at the 1:55 mark.