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Former elite QB recruit Ja’Quinden Jackson announces intent to transfer to Utah from Texas

Utah football received its second commitment in the past week from a California quarterback when Brandon Rose committed to the program.
Utah players begin warmups as they prepare to play Oregon State in a college football game at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

With some uncertainty on the minds of Utah Utes fans about the future of the quarterback position during the team’s 2020 finale against the Washington State Cougars on Saturday, the Utes received a big commitment via the transfer portal.

Ja’Quinden Jackson, the third-ranked dual-threat quarterback in the 2020 class by 247 Sports, announced via Twitter that he is leaving the Texas Longhorns to join the Utes.

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 232 pounds, the Dallas native was ranked as the No. 73 overall prospect in the country last year, according to 247 Sports.

Jackson did not play at all during the 2020 season. Once the transfer is official, Jackson will become the second quarterback on Utah’s roster who has transferred from Texas, as Cam Rising also did.

Jackson will join a quarterback room that is expected to include Rising, recently signed four-star prospect Peter Costelli and Cooper Justice, among other walk-ons, and could include Bentley and fellow senior Drew Lisk should they take advantage of the fact that the 2020 season will not count against any player’s eligibility because of the pandemic.