BATON ROUGE, La. — Three-star cornerback Tre Jackson could not have been more excited to receive the news that South Carolina hired Will Muschamp to be the Gamecocks’ next football coach.
After all, Jackson and Muschamp are already very familiar with one another.
Jackson committed to Florida his freshman season when Muschamp was coaching the Gators. Muschamp was the first coach to extend Jackson a scholarship offer.
Since then, Jackson has raked in a dozen offers and committed to South Carolina in July.
Jackson is impressed with South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner’s recent hire. “I believe he is one of the best hires Mr. Tanner could’ve made,” Jackson said. “He will do a great job at South Carolina and I’m excited for him to be my coach and look forward to getting in and working with him.”
Jackson has been in touch with members of the current Gamecocks staff, including wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Steve Spurrier, Jr., who informed Jackson of the Muschamp hire.
Jackson has not yet had a chance to reconnect with Muschamp, but is looking forward to speaking with him.
Jackson will be able to do just that when he takes his official visit to South Carolina in January. By then, Jackson hopes Muschamp’s coaching staff is finalized.
Jackson is crossing his fingers Muschamp retains G.A. Mangus and Spurrier, and is intrigued by the reports that Travaris Robinson could follow Muschamp from Auburn to South Carolina.
“When Florida recruited me as a (defensive back), he was who I worked out with,” Jackson said. “If everything gets finalized with him, South Carolina will have one of the best defensive staffs and recruits in the nation.”
Jackson is the No. 36 player in Louisiana’s 2016 class and the No. 67-rated cornerback in the country.