Add Georgia wide receiver Barry Jackson Jr. (5-11, 175) to Nebraska’s 2023 class. He made his commitment announcement on Saturday.
— Barry Jackson jr. (@Barryj4k) July 2, 2022
Jackson—who took an official visit to Nebraska the first weekend in June—planned to make his decision known on July 2. After visiting Nebraska early in June, he also made a visit to Memphis over the June 24 weekend. That was his last official visit before making his decision.
As for his visit to Nebraska—which was his second following a trip for the spring game in April—Jackson pointed toward a couple of specific aspects that stood out to him in Lincoln.
“I really enjoyed it,” Jackson said following the visit. “It felt like home which is how I wanted it to feel. The coaches really meant what they said. They kept it real.”
Nebraska wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph was a big factor in Jackson’s original interest in the Huskers. That connection with the coaches was a leading factor in the decision, and that relationship ultimately led to a big get for Nebraska.
As for what the Huskers are getting from Jackson as a player, his high school coach, John Adams, highlighted his skill set before his June visit.
“Barry Jackson is a really fun guy to watch,” Adams told Hail Varsity. “He’s elusive. He has really good hands. Really good receiver as far as separation as well. He can help in the return game and does really good for us on kickoff return, so you get an explosive player and get an opportunity to have a receiver that can really kind of knock the roof off a defense.”
While Jackson is being recruiting as a wide receiver, he has also been listed as an athlete by some. That works for Jackson too, because he sees himself a versatile, all-around athlete. That means Nebraska could line him in the slot, outside or even in the backfield, all dependent on the Huskers’ roster needs.
Per MaxPreps, Jackson’s junior season stats at Cedar Grove High School include 510 total receiving yard on 28 catches and seven touchdowns. He averaged 39.2 receiving yards per game.
Jackson also contributed on special teams, returning one kickoff for a touchdown.
For more on what Nebraska is getting from Jackson, check out his Hudl highlights below.
Erin is the Deputy Editor and Digital Marketing Strategist for Hail Varsity. She has covered Nebraska athletics since 2012, which has included stops at Bleacher Report, Cox Media Group’s Land of 10, and even Hail Varsity (previously from 2012-2017). She has also been featured on the Big Ten Network, NET’s Big Red Wrap-Up, and a varsity of radio shows nationwide. When not covering the Huskers, Erin is probably at Chipotle.