It was a memorable weekend for Florida sophomore quarterback Trever Jackson.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound quarterback traveled to Pittsburgh from Winter Garden, Florida to try and impress Pat Narduzzi, Frank Cignetti, Jr. and Jonathan DiBiaso at Pitt’s latest prospects camp.
Mission accomplished. Thanks to plenty of hard work prior to this weekend and the tutelage of a former local star, Jackson received an offer on Sunday from Pitt, his first Power Five offer.
“It feels really good to get that offer,” Jackson told PSN. “It was such a happy moment talking to the Pitt coaches. A really good moment. Yeah, every time I work out or perform, I’m looking to impress, and I was looking to do that at Pitt. Talking to coach before Pitt’s spring game, he said he saw me and was impressed so I knew going into this weekend that they were already looking at me. I wanted to have a good camp and I did.
“Afterwards, they told me that they really liked my feet and the timing of my passes. They also liked my release and my knowledge of the game of football, especially with the way that I know the coverages of the defenses. They liked how young I am to already know that and were impressed by that.”
Now to the local angle of this story, the advanced knowledge that Jackson has comes from the work he’s put in with his personal quarterback coach, former Perry Traditional Academy and Pitt star quarterback Rod Rutherford, who now lives near Jackson in Florida.
“All this comes from my QB coach Rod Rutherford,” said Jackson. “He really sat down and talked to me and has worked with me on this. Being a former college and professional quarterback, he knows what college coaches want to see and has worked with me on those things. He moved down to Florida and my dad talked to him one day after I threw. After that he said that he wanted to connect with me and work with me. That happened all because of my dad.”
Trev and Carter getting that happy hour work in this afternoon! pic.twitter.com/xIee1m0uGm
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“The biggest things he’s working with me on is me being able to understand my reads on different plays,” Jackson said. “Also, my release points on certain balls that I throw like when I’m throwing a deep ball, I don’t need to throw a bullet in there, I need to work on putting some air in the throw. But also, times that I need to throw it harder if I’m throwing into a Cover 2. Just really trying to get me to understand the defenses better. We’ve gone over my film from my team’s spring game and making sure I understand certain things and what I’m seeing in a game.”
Jackson impressed the Pitt coaches and in turn, the Panther program really opened the eyes of this young quarterback.
— Frank Cignetti Jr. (@FrankCignetti) June 20, 2022
“It’s an amazing place,” said Jackson. “As soon as I came up here, I was like, I’ve never seen anything like this. The facilities are great, the coaches are so nice, the players on the team were nice. It’s a great place and I know that this city loves football.
“When I left, the coaches just told me to stay humble and to keep in touch with them and make sure that I stay on the right path,” Jackson said. “They said that they’re going to try and get me up here for one of their games this season. They told me to keep working and to try to keep on improving every day.”
Prior to receiving his offer from Pitt, Jackson earned offers this summer from both Florida Atlantic, Coastal Carolina and is getting scouted by Rutgers, Iowa, Indiana and Georgia Tech.