Talented Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson announced on Wednesday that he will not return for his final season at Iowa and will enter the 2018 NFL Draft. He made the announcement via Instagram.
Jackson said he knew what his decision would be after the bowl game but wanted to wait on making a statement. After an incredible 2017 campaign, it comes as no surprise that Jackson wants to jump to the NFL.
“After discussing with my coaches, family and a lot of prayer, I have decided to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft,” Jackson wrote.
Hawkeye CB Josh Jackson is heading to the NFL. This is from his Instagram. pic.twitter.com/EdNlrHBdpe
— Rob Howe (@RobHoweHN) January 3, 2018
Jackson was one of the top secondary players in the country this season and led the nation with eight interceptions. He also accounted for 48 tackles and 18 pass break-ups in 13 games.
Jackson had incredible performances in back-to-back weeks against Ohio State and Wisconsin. Against the Buckeyes, he recorded three interceptions as the Hawkeyes posted a 55-24 win in Kinnick Stadium. A week later, he had two pick-sixes against the Badgers.
The eight interceptions were tied a program record for Iowa.
In three seasons with Iowa, Jackson recorded 66 tackles and 24 pass break-ups.