Pitt continued its weekend recruiting blitz with the addition of safety Khadry Jackson of Windermere Preparatory School just outside of Orlando, Florida.
Jackson announced his commitment Sunday at 1 p.m. ET in a message posted on Twitter.
ALL GLORY TO GOD pic.twitter.com/vQi4LYrkEq— Khadry Jackson⭐️ (@K1llaKhad) June 17, 2018
“After talking it over with my family and praying about it, God is great and he has led me to decide that I am committing to the University of Pittsburgh,” Khadry said in the message.
Jackson is considered a three-star recruit by 247Sports, but he does not currently hold a star rating from Rivals. Still, he managed to reel in offers from 19 schools, including Colorado State, Iowa State, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, NC State, Rutgers and UCF.
As a two-way star for a Windermere Prep team that went 10-1 in 2017, Jackson did a little bit of everything. In addition to running back a kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and running in a touchdown on offense, Jackson more regularly contributed to the defense as a safety. In that role, he racked up 64 tackles, including four for a loss and one sack.
He was also something of a force as a wide receiver, as he amassed 302 yards on 15 receptions and found the end zone six times through the air. After the season, he told Steven Ryzewski of Observer Preps that the exposure to additional positions had helped him improve as a player.
“I feel like I got better mentally, knowing the game and breaking down information,” Jackson said. “I’ve always been a sports junkie, and I love to study. Knowing this position, that position — all the positions on the team — it just helped me get better.”
Given Jackson’s background and Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi’s history of using players on both sides of the ball — such as Jordan Whitehead, who played safety and running back — it will be interesting to see what kind of use the Panthers will get out of a player as versatile as Jackson.