Written by Ryan Wright
Digs to the opposite side of the field, corner shots, throwing the fade open, you name it, Jackson Taylor (6-1, 175) can do it. The 2026 QB has all the tools already gifted with an effortless motion zipping the pigskin around the yard with a Saturday arm. Teams have dropped 12 offers on the California gunslinger ahead of a busy summer camp tour that will bring more scholarship opportunities his way.
The list of offering programs includes Georgia, Ole Miss, Colorado, Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, Arizona State, Pitt, and Oregon. Two blue blood programs are showing interest.
“I believe Michigan, they may be offering soon, they are one, another one showing interest is Notre Dame,” Taylor said.
Arizona State has been doing their part to communicate with Taylor when possible. That open line of communication got Taylor on campus earlier this month.
“The visit went great,” Taylor shared. “I got some quality time with coach (Kenny) Dillingham and their offensive coordinator, coach (Beau) Baldwin. I got a lot out of that visit. Arizona State is a great school and has a great program.
“They have something going on there. Coach Dillingham is young and knowledge. I have been in contact with him for years. He used to do Zoom meetings with QBs. I have been talking to him since I was young. It was a fun visit for sure.”
The busy summer camp schedule was detailed.
“The plan right now, I am going to SMU’s mega camp on June 2, then I am going to Texas, they have something on the 3rd, and then I will be at LSU June 7 for a camp and visit,” Jackson stated. “On June 11, I am going to Florida State and then to Northwestern’s mega camp the following weekend. In all, I am going to three mega camps with all the coaches; the camps are good opportunities to talk to all of those coaches.”
Heading to Austin to throw for the Longhorns has Jackson excited.
“I am super excited,” Jackson shared. “I just talked to their QB coach, coach (AJ) Milwee. He gave me their dates for their camps. I am totally excited to visit. Texas is a big program, with a history of great QBs.
“Malik Murphy, who trains with my QB coach (Danny Hernandez), is there; I have worked with him many times. Texas is a cool spot and is really connected; I love Texas. I am excited to go there, I haven’t been there yet. I am glad I have the opportunity.”
Getting to spin it in Baton Rouge has Jackson hyped.
“I am very excited to go to LSU,” Jackson said. “That is another one of those spots that is on my mind; I’ve always wanted to go. Coach (Joe) Sloan, their QB coach, wants me out there for a camp. I want to capitalize on that.
“LSU is an SEC school with such a winning program, and in a great spot. I like coach Sloan. I met him in person in California. I am glad I can get out there; I want to see their facilities and make the most of that visit.”
Jackson spent the 2022 season pushing the ball downfield for Oaks Christian but will suit up with Thousand Oaks this fall. The new offense Jackson will be executing was explained.
“It is a (San Francisco) 49ers type offense,” Jackson stated. “We will go 30 to 35 plays under center, working play action with multiple tight ends. It is a pro-style offense. We will let it loose.”
Jackson has the skills to fit the offense, “I’ve always been a fan of my play-action game. That is one of my better parts, controlling the play-action and manipulating defenders. At Oaks, we did some under center; I am accustomed to it. I am comfortable under center, even if we are in gun the majority of the time. I am confident doing it after being under center a lot.”
Preparing for the 2023 season, Jackson is cleaning up pieces of his game.
“Right now, I am working on some mechanical stuff with my QB coach and I am working on cleaning up throwing the ball. I am working on cleaning things up, and correcting some bad habits I had picked up as I was developing my throw and stroke.
“This off-season I am working on staying consistent. My stride was wide, causing my body to tilt to the side, which I am fixing. I am always working on the IQ part of the game; I am learning more about the game. During some of my visits, I have been talking to coaches who are knowledgeable and putting that into my game.”
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