AUBURN, Ala. — Shedrick Jackson is keeping it in the family.
The 3-star wide receiver from Hoover, Ala., is the nephew of Auburn legend Bo Jackson. On Monday, the younger Jackson took another step to following in his uncle’s footsteps when he committed to Auburn over the other four schools in his top 5, which included Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Memphis and Missouri.
Jackson is Auburn’s seventh commitment in the 2018 recruiting class. He joins Kolbi Fuqua, who could also play on defense, as wide receivers already committed to the Tigers.
“Obviously it’s going to get a lot of attention. But really what you’ve got to do is go out there and make a name for yourself. It’s not Bo Jackson going out there anymore. It’s not him scoring touchdowns or running 40-yard dashes,” Jackson told SEC Country last month. “You’ve got to go out there and make a name for yourself.”
Jackson is ranked No. 89 among wide receivers in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite, and is No. 531 overall. With Jackson’s commitment, the Tigers become the No. 47 class in the recruiting team rankings with 122.04 composite points. Auburn jumped Iowa State, Ole Miss, SMU, California, Cincinnati and Colorado.
When Jackson spoke with SEC Country earlier in the spring, he spoke briefly about his Uncle Bo. He hopes to use his uncle’s Auburn success as motivation, but he also doesn’t want that legendary status to define him as he attempts to make his own name on the Plains.
“There are tons of expectations, but really I just want to go out there and be better than he was,” Jackson said.