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South Carolina Gamecocks Football Recruiting: Louisiana 2016 three-star Tre Jackson commits

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The eighth commitment from the class of 2016 has a special connection to Steve Spurrier.

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In 2013, Baton Rouge (La.) University Lab athlete Tre Jackson committed to the Florida Gators before his sophomore season. He would then reopen his recruitment earlier this year.

Three years later, Jackson committed again—this time to the South Carolina Gamecocks—and will be playing for a man his father, Jack Jackson, knows all too well.

Jack Jackson was a wide receiver at Florida under Steve Spurrier, where he was an All-American and SEC Player of the Year in 1994. The younger Jackson, a three-star ranked as the 37th-best cornerback in the country but also a talented wide receiver in high school, held a number of offers from schools such as Army, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma and West Virginia among others. He pared his list to a top five of Kansas State, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah, but chose the Gamecocks this evening and announced his decision on Twitter.

Jackson is the eighth player of the class of 2016 to commit, and the third this week, joining Will Putnam and Cecil Stallings. If he turns out as half as good as his father was down in Gainesville, the Gamecocks have landed themselves a pretty good player.