Oklahoma high school football: Chase Jackson’s journey from Choctaw to TCU anything but normal
CHOCTAW — After one play, Chase Jackson’s season was over.
The senior wide receiver at Choctaw was primed for a huge senior year. Although a shoulder injury didn’t allow him to practice much before the Yellowjackets’ opener at Springdale (Ark.), Jackson was prepared to lead as the team’s best returning player.
He caught his first pass before turning upfield and going out of bounds. That’s when a Springdale player hit him late out of bounds, and Jackson went crashing into a hard surface on the sideline.
Jackson fractured his right patella, ending his season. He had one catch for eight yards, this coming after a season where he helped Choctaw to the state semifinals and was named a second-team All-State wide receiver.
He didn’t let that deter him, though. On Wednesday, Jackson signed his National Letter of Intent with TCU, where he’s primed to become a standout receiver. Considering he barely scratched the surface of what he could do in high school, there’s no telling how good he can be at the next level.
“The injury was a blessing and a curse,” Jackson said. “It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to hear, doctors telling me I couldn’t play my senior year. It took away a lot, but I’m grateful because I learned the game from a whole different perspective.”
Jackson remained an integral part of Choctaw’s team. He was always a leader, especially with his play, but now his role changed.
Whether it was at practice, watching film or on Friday nights, Jackson’s voice was present. He was helping younger wide receivers learn tricks to help them on routes and talking with others about reading defenses.
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Although he wasn’t on the field, his mind was changing. Jackson saw the game differently. Coverages were easier to see, and his concept of football was constantly growing.
That’s another reason Jackson is excited to get to Fort Worth, to show off his new knowledge of the game. That combined with his skill is a scary combination.
“Chase has always found a way,” Choctaw coach Jake Corbin said. “He was having to juggle rehab, work and school to stay on track to go to TCU, but he was able to do it.”
Jackson’s recruiting was still blossoming when he suffered the injury, but he never wavered from his TCU commitment.
He’s excited to have an opportunity to play college football. It’s something Jackson has always dreamed of, but he won’t forget his time playing for Choctaw, even though his senior season was cut short.
“After I moved from Harrah, all of the guys on that team took me in,” Jackson said. “Coach Corbin told me I could go D-I. Ever since that day, they paved the way for me.”
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