IOWA CITY, Iowa – Iowa receivers coach Bobby Kennedy is racking up frequent flyer miles to Texas for a good cause.
Kennedy traveled to Sachse, Texas on Tuesday to watch 2018 receiver Drue Jackson practice. But Kennedy ended up doing more than just watching. He also offered Jackson a scholarship.
“The offer came as a surprise,” said the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Jackson.
Kennedy is familiar with the recruiting landscape in Texas after coaching receivers at the University of Texas from 2004-10. Kennedy is now using his connections in the Lone Star state to help Iowa.
Jackson is the latest player from Texas to get a scholarship from Iowa.
His offer came barely more than a week after 2017 four-star running back Eno Benjamin committed to Iowa on April 18. A native of Wylie, Texas, Benjamin picked Iowa over more than two dozen scholarships offers, including one from Michigan.
Iowa also was the first school to offer 2017 Texas dual-threat quarterback Kamron Fields a scholarship.
Jackson is friends with both Benjamin and Fields. Jackson plays on the same seven-on-seven team as Benjamin and he attended Fields’ high school baseball game on Tuesday.
Jackson was part of a group of 2017 and 2018 recruits who attended Iowa’s final spring practice this past Saturday at Kinnick Stadium. He made the trip with a few of his high school teammates, including 2017 three-star outside linebacker Riko Jeffers.
Iowa is the second power five school to offer Jackson a scholarship. He also holds an offer from Texas Tech.
Jackson said he hopes to attend an Iowa game at Kinnick Stadium this coming season.
Offer in Ohio: Ohio cornerback Josiah Scott received a scholarship offer from Iowa on Tuesday.
The offer is Scott’s sixth overall, and his first from a power five school.
“It’s great,” Scott said. “They have a great program there and should continue to get better. I’m excited about it and can’t wait to learn more about the school.”
The 5-foot-10, 165 pound Scott also holds offers from Army, Navy, Bowling Green, Southern Mississippi and Kent State.