The Pitt Panthers are still on the prowl for their quarterback in their Class of 2024 recruiting class.
Fortunately for them, the player they’ve been recruiting the longest is still available and still has Pitt as a possibility. Trever Jackson from West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Florida just completed a successful weekend at the Elite 11 Competition in California, where he continued to impress scouts and recruiting evaluators.
— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) June 17, 2023
Following the Elite 11, two things have happened for Jackson: his recruiting profile has risen, as he’s now a 247 Composite four-star recruit and Jackson received an invitation to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All American Bowl.
Blessed to be invited to The U.S. Army All American Bowl !! Truly a blessing 🙏🏾@WestOrangeFB @Coach_GThompson @BudElliott3 @Andrew_Ivins @ChadSimmons_ @RyanWrightRNG @XiiAcademy @baylintrujillo @SWiltfong247 @coachkeith_1k pic.twitter.com/u5KSkqC9vd
— Trever Jackson (@Future_eraTrev) June 21, 2023
The big question now is how will this new attention impact his recruitment?
Here’s the most recent update with Jackson in terms of his recruitment:
• Recently received two new offers from Miami and Maryland.
• Canceled an official visit to Missouri but could take that at a future date.
• Took an official visit to Texas A&M but they don’t appear to be an option considering the Aggies received a recent commitment from New Jersey quarterback Miles O’Brien.
•Regardless of what teams might enter the picture, Pitt appears to be in solid shape to be one of his final teams.
Pittsburgh Sports Now caught up with 247 Sports National Recruiting Analysts Andrew Ivins and Cooper Petagna, who both watched Jackson perform at the Elite 11 Finals. We asked them for their evaluations and why Jackson’s stock continues to rise.
Andrew Ivins/247 Sports:
“I thought it was a very encouraging performance. He came into the event not only as one of the lowest-ranked participants, but also one of the youngest – and he didn’t look out of place. He won the Rail Shot Challenge on Day 1 and then scored the fourth-highest Pro Day score for us. Struggled a bit Day 3 with the 7-on-7 game as he was off with his ball placement, but overall there was a lot to like. I think the biggest thing for Trever is just the live game reps. He’s a one-year starter that spent a good chunk of his junior season dealing with an injury. There are flashes, but he just needs to get more consistent. Still, he’s a natural thrower of the football that can do some things that others can’t. If it all comes together, he’s going to be able to win games on Saturdays.”
— Baylin Trujillo (@baylintrujillo) June 16, 2023
Cooper Petagna/247 Sports:
“One of youngest participants in the field, I thought Jackson exceeded expectations at the Elite 11 Finals. We knew Jackson possesses NFL tools but he pleasantly surprised in other areas of his game including accuracy. In regards to his stock, not only how he’s seen within industry standards but colleges as well, I believe Jackson helped himself immensely going forward.”
With this added exposure, things no doubt got a bit more difficult for Pitt, which is similar to last year with Kenny Minchey after his Elite 11 performance. I asked Petagna about this and does he see Jackson now taking more time to make a decision and are things more difficult for Pitt?
“I think Trever Jackson’s recruitment is just starting to heat up. Although most programs around the country have tabbed their signal caller in 2024, don’t be surprised if you see one or two teams kick the tires on Jackson as the talent could prove too hard to pass up.”