4-Star Texas football WR target Ketron Jackson looking back to Arkansas?

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The 2021 Texas football recruiting class could be losing out on the race to land 4-Star Royse City WR Ketron Jackson to the Arkansas Razorbacks.

A position of need that still remains in the 2021 Texas football recruiting class (at least in terms of landing a true blue chip commit) is at wide receiver. Texas did build up some depth at the wide receiver position in the 2021 class by landing commitments from three-star Warren Easton product Casey Cain and three-star Monarch product Jaden Alexis. But Alexis is a good fall away from landing that fourth star.

But there is still a need for the Longhorns to add a true headliner to the 2021 class in terms of a blue chip wide receiver prospect. One name that emerged in the last couple of months that the Longhorns had some traction with was the 6-foot-2 and 185 pound Royse City wide receiver Ketron Jackson.

The Arkansas Razorbacks were hot on the trail of Jackson over the long haul, and the TCU Horned Frogs appeared to be in contention most of the way. But after a visit to Austin earlier in the summer, it looked like Jackson was trending to the Longhorns. That trend has since reversed largely in favor of the Razorbacks.

The 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions are now heavily favoring recently hired head coach Sam Pittman and Arkansas to land the commitment of Jackson over the rest of the field. Arkansas was losing ground to Texas there for a while, but that trend was moved back in their direction.


Texas at least made it into the top seven finalist schools that Jackson announced on social media back on Jun. 3. The other six schools included on that list were the SMU Mustangs, Razorbacks, Oregon State Beavers, Texas A&M Aggies, Colorado Buffaloes, and the Horned Frogs.

Jackson holds nearly two dozen schools on his offer sheet as of the afternoon of Sep. 1. But he does have a smaller list of schools that seem to be in mind for him when it comes down to announcing his commitment decision.

This Texas native ranks as the nation’s No. 150 2021 high school prospect, No. 26 wide receiver, and No. 25 prospect out of Texas (247Sports Composite). The Top247 does rank him as the No. 20 wide receiver prospect.

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According to the 247Sports Team Composite Rankings, the 2021 Texas recruiting class ranks at No. 15 in the nation and in the two slot behind the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12. Meanwhile, Arkansas sits at No. 29 in the national class rankings and No. 8 in the SEC.