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Baffling lack of college love for Cambridge Christian’s Jaylin Jackson

By Scott Purks, Times Correspondent
Coach Bob Dare on quarterback Jaylin Jackson: "He is without a doubt the most dynamic player I've ever had and I think that's saying something because I've been doing this 40 years." (Scott Purks, Special to the Times)

One of the best quarterbacks in the state ó in any classification on any level ó appears to be Cambridge Christian senior Jaylin Jackson.

As in past years, Jackson has been nothing short of devastating in 2017, completing 115 of 195 passes for 2,236 yards, 27 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also has rushed 113 times for 509 yards and nine touchdowns.

But Jackson still has received no firm offers from colleges to play quarterback, perhaps because at 5-foot-9 they believe he isnít tall enough.

"Itís very frustrating for me because I totally believe he can play quarterback at the next level," Cambridge coach Bob Dare said. "He has an incredibly strong arm and he can throw it touch and tremendous accuracy. Then when he needs to, he can pull it down and take off.

"He is without a doubt the most dynamic player Iíve ever had and I think thatís saying something because Iíve been doing this 40 years."

On Friday, Jackson will lead the Lancers (7-2) against Southwest Florida Christian (4-3) in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs.

Playoff football

All games 7:30 p.m. Friday. Admission is $8.



No. 6 East River at No. 3 Plant

No. 7 Gaither at No. 2 Viera

No. 5 Wiregrass Ranch at No. 4 Lake Nona

No. 8 St. Petersburg at No. 1 Venice

No. 7 Bloomingdale at No. 2 Tampa Bay Tech

No. 6 Palmetto at No. 3 Pinellas Park


No. 6 Barron Collier at No. 3 Largo

No. 8 Clearwater at No. 1 North Fort Myers

No. 7 Chamberlain at No. 2 Mitchell

No. 8 Sebring at No. 1 Armwood

No. 5 Hillsborough at No. 4 Lake Gibson


No. 6 Jesuit at No. 3 Jefferson

No. 7 Tarpon Springs at No. 2 Lakewood

No. 6 Clay at No. 3 Hernando

No. 7 River Ridge at No. 2 Zephyrhills

No. 8 Nature Coast at No. 1 Baker County



No. 4 Tampa Catholic at No. 1 Clearwater Central Catholic

No. 3 Calvary Christian at No. 2 Lakeland Christian


No. 4 Southwest Florida Christian at No. 1 Cambridge Christian

No. 3 Admiral Farragut at No. 2 Indian Rocks Christian

No. 4 Zephyrhills Christian at No. 1 Victory Christian