Score a huge recruiting victory for new Tulane coach Willie Fritz and his staff.
University High School defensive back/wide receiver Tre Jackson, a one-time commitment to Florida and then to South Carolina, committed to the Green Wave over Kansas State on Saturday.
Jackson (5-foot-10 and 178 pounds), who tore an ACL four games into his senior season, decommitted from South Carolina after taking official visits to Tulane on the weekend of Jan. 15 and Kansas State on the weekend of Jan. 22.
“It’s been a tough decision between two great programs that fit me so well,” Jackson tweeted. “But after much prayer and consideration with my family I’d like to announce that I’ll be spending the next 4 years obtaining my degree at Tulane University. Roll Wave.”
Jackson’s decision came at the end of a long, winding road. As a sophomore, he pledged to Florida and former coach Will Muschamp, intending to follow in the footsteps of his father, Jack Jackson, a star receiver for the Gators from 1992-94.
After Muschamp was fired, he changed his mind. In July, he committed to South Carolina and Steve Spurrier, who coached his father at Florida. Spurrier resigned early in the season, though, and the Gamecocks hired Muschamp to replace him.
Having committed to Muschamp at one school, Jackson rejected him at the other, then made it clear Tulane and Kansas State were his finalists.
The coup for Fritz is similar to the one Curtis Johnson had in his first recruiting class at Tulane in 2012, when he convinced four-star safety Darion Monroe to decommit from Texas A&M and choose the Wave. Monroe started all four years, finishing with 333 tackles and six interceptions.
Jackson was a Class 3A first-team all-state selection in 2014 at Baton Rouge’s U-High, which went 15-0 and won the Division II select state championship. It was the Cubs’ first state title since 1988, and he played an integral role as a two-way starter, catching 45 passes for 876 yards and nine touchdowns. He also averaged 35.6 yards on kickoff returns and 16.9 yards on punt returns with a score.
After Jackson was injured this year, University High lost in the second round of the playoffs.
Jackson is Tulane’s 19th commitment and its third of the week, joining College Park (Georgia) Woodward Academy receiver Jacob Robertson, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, and South Grand Prairie (Texas) safety Chase Napoleon, a two-star recruit.
Tulane is still looking for another quarterback. Its primary targets, Lindsey Scott of Zachary and Ty Pigrome of Clay (Alabama), have not committed. Scott is considering LSU, Maryland and Rutgers along with Tulane, while Pigrome will choose among Tulane, Maryland and Virginia Tech.
This week, the Wave offered scholarships to Dutchtown quarterback Jared Sparks, a Purdue commitment, and Scotlandville quarterback Levi Lewis, who does not have another offer from an FBS school.
National signing day is Wednesday.