A four-star dual-threat quarterback has decided to flip his commitment from Minnesota to Purdue.
Sam Jackson, a native of Naperville, Illinois, announced Wednesday night that he has flipped his commitment from Minnesota to Purdue. He previously gave his verbal pledge to the Golden Gophers in late April. Jackson sent out a message on Twitter to declare his decision.
“I’ve come to realize that as a young man, and as a quarterback, it is in my best interest to decommit from the University of Minnesota,” Jackson wrote. “This has been an extremely difficult decision but I appreciate the love and patience each coach has given me during this process. With that being said, I am excited to announce that I am officially committed to Purdue University!”
Jackson is a 5-foot-11, 170-pound dual-threat quarterback who ranks as the No. 6 player out of Illinois and the No. 20 athlete in the class, per 247Sports. He is listed as the No. 328 overall prospect in the class.
Because of his athleticism, Jackson has the ability to make an impact in several ways offensively. However, based on his comments on Twitter, it appears that he’s looking to have the opportunity to be the starting quarterback at the college level. Jackson will be suiting up for a head coach in Jeff Brohm that is known for developing quarterback talent.
Along with Purdue and Minnesota, Jackson held offers from Notre Dame, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska and Wisconsin, among others.
Jackson is the ninth player to verbally commit to Purdue’s 2021 class and is currently the highest-rated prospect. The Boilermakers’ class ranks 50th nationally and 12th in the B1G.