USC reportedly no longer is an option for DB JC Jackson, a native of Immokalee, FL who attends Riverside JC in California. JC Shurburtt of TheBigSpur, citing sources, reported Thursday night that “Jackson is not eligible to transfer to the Gamecocks in a ruling that’s beyond South Carolina’s control.”
There was no further elaboration on that but the SEC this spring strengthened its year old rule prohibiting transfers who had been disciplined by previous schools for “serious misconduct,” which is defined as “sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence,” by including “conduct of a nature that creates serious concerns about the safety of others.”
Shurburtt added that Jackson likely will land at Maryland with former Florida defensive coordinator DJ Durkin.
Jackson was recruited to Florida by Will Muschamp. He redshirted the 2014 season and was listed as a starting corner in the spring of 2015 until he was arrested as part of a home invasion and robbery. He later withdrew from Florida and in a trial last November he was cleared of all charges.
In May, Riverside secondary coach Isaiah Shipp said Jackson was favoring the Gamecocks and was also considering Maryland, Miami and South Florida. Jackson was expected to complete his associate’s degree the middle of this month.