Tennessee Quarterback Commit Advances to State Championship

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    Tayven Jackson

    Tennessee QB commit Tayven Jackson.

    Future Tennessee quarterback Tayven Jackson doesn’t just know how to compete, no, he knows how to win.

    As a sophomore in 2019, Jackson led Center Grove high school to the Indiana state championship game. Then, as a junior, Jackson’s run at redemption paid off as he led Center Grove to a state championship victory the very next year. And now, Jackson is officially looking to close down his high school career and submit his legacy with back-to-back state rings.

    On Friday night in Indiana, Tennessee commit and four-star quarterback Tayven Jackson led his team to a decisive 45-6 victory in the state semi-finals, securing a shot at the Indiana state championship next weekend.

    Jackson’s run through the playoffs with Center Grove this year has been dominant. Jackson has led his team to a 35-7 win, a 41-7 win, a 29-19 win, and most recently, a 45-6 win in the semi-finals. In those four playoff games, Jackson has 434 yards on just 31 completions, averaging 14 yards per completion. Additionally, in the game on Friday night, Jackson showed off what he can do on the ground as well. During Center Grove’s win over Ben Davis high school in the semi-finals, Jackson had 104 rushing yards on eight attempts, including a 44-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

    Circling back to the point that led things off, Tayven Jackson is nothing but a winner on the football field. With an undefeated season currently intact, combined with a perfect season in 2020, Jackson has not lost a game in his high school career since Nov. 30, 2019, in the aforementioned state championship game as a sophomore.

    Tayven Jackson

    Tennessee QB commit Tayven Jackson. Photo via Charlie Clifford (@CliffWISH8) on Twitter.

    During Center Grove’s opening win in the playoffs on Oct. 29 against Franklin Central high school, Jackson made an unbelievable play through the air. Jackson sat back and launched a touchdown pass almost 50-yards in the pouring rain, dropping the ball right in the receiver’s hands.

    WATCH: Tennessee QB Commit Tayven Jackson Airs Out 50-Yard Touchdown In the Rain

    Tayven Jackson, a four-star Tennessee commit from the class of 2022, is currently the second highest-ranked recruit in the Vols’ class.

    Jackson officially made his commitment to Tennessee and head coach Josh Heupel back in April after taking in offers from Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Florida, and other prominent programs.

    Last Saturday afternoon in Neyland Stadium, before the Vols hosted Georgia in an SEC East afternoon matchup, Jackson had the chance to meet up with Hall-of-Fame quarterback Peyton Manning.

    Tennessee quarterback commit Tayven Jackson and Center Grove will shoot for their second straight Indiana state championship on Friday, Nov. 27 in Lucas Oil Stadium. The game will be a rematch of the 2020 state championship game, in which Jackson led his team to a 38-14 victory.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.