4. Makai Jackson
Another wide receiver trying to make the move up from FCS is St. Francis (PA) standout Makai Jackson.
This past season was Jackson’s true freshman season, and he did not disappoint. He caught 85 passes for 991 yards and eight touchdowns. Once again, you have to look at these stats with context and understand the competition level.
Jackson lists himself on Twitter at 6-foot and 190 pounds, that size will play in the Big Ten, especially considering he is only a freshman and will get bigger.
Jackson is also a Pennsylvania kid, being from Croydon. Croydon is near the Pennsylvania/New Jersey border, but if staying local is something he wants to do, Penn State is a prime possibility.
Jackson’s numbers are impressive, and his three remaining years of eligibility makes him valuable as well. As with Janneh, Penn State’s interest may come down to whether or not the staff feels Jackson can make the significant jump from FCS ball to the Big Ten.
Jackson and Janneh may be secondary options for Penn State football, but they’re worth looking at if things don’t go well with the top of the board guys.