Amid rumors that his son, Virginia Tech starting quarterback Josh Jackson, had been ruled academically ineligible, Fred Jackson spoke with the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s Mike Barber on Thursday and didn’t say much to alleviate any of the confusion surrounding his son.
Fred Jackson, a longtime assistant at Michigan and currently the coach at Ypsilanti High School in the state, said that as of now, his son is still on the team but added the family wouldn’t know his status for certain until later in the week.
“As of right now, Josh is still a member of the Virginia Tech football team,” Fred Jackson said Thursday according to Barber. “We’ll know more in two days. It’s too early to talk about this.”
Jackson started all 13 games for the Hokies in 2017 and was expected to be behind center again when they take on Florida State to open the 2018 season on Sept. 3. However, with the academic year recently completed, June is the portion of the offseason when university officials would be reviewing academic eligibility.
If Jackson were ruled ineligible, it would be a clear blow to Justin Fuente’s program. However, Virginia Tech has done a good job adding depth in its quarterback room and would still have redshirt freshman and former 4-star recruit Hendon Hooker, incoming 4-star recruit Quincy Patterson and former Kansas starter Ryan Willis to compete for the starting role.