(WDBJ7) -- Former Virginia Tech quarterback announced his intentions to transfer to the University of Maryland.
Since Jackson is on track to graduate from Virginia Tech this spring, he will be eligible to play in 2019.
Jackson announced his move to play for new head coach Mike Locksley and the Terrapins via Twitter:
Jackson's 2018 season ended following a broken fibula in a loss to Old Dominion. Backup QB Ryan Willis took over the job and helped the Hokies continue their 26-year active streak of consecutive bowl appearances, the longest in college football.
As a rising redshirt junior, Jackson will have two years of eligibility remaining to give the Terps.
Jackson took over as the Hokies' starting quarterback in 2017, after redshirting his freshman season. It didn't take long for Jackson to make an impact with the Hokies. In his first game, he threw for 235 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 101 yards and another score.
In 13 games, Jackson threw for 2,991yards and 20 touchdowns, completing nearly 60 percent of his passes and added 394 rushing yards to go with six rushing TDs in 2017. The Hokies finished with a 9-4 record and a berth in the Camping World Bowl vs. Oklahoma State, falling 30-21.
His redshirt sophomore season was cut short very early into the season after suffering a broken fibula vs. ODU. The Monarchs, who hadn't had a win over a Power Five Conference team defeated the Hokies 49-35.
Ryan Willis stepped in and finished the season with 2,716 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Coach Justin Fuente issued a statement on Jackson's decision to enter the transfer portal when it was first announced on January 23:
“Our coaching staff remains firmly committed to developing a winning culture at Virginia Tech where our student-athletes can learn, grow and thrive in all aspects of their lives. As head coach, I certainly understand when young men desire to explore their options by entering themselves in the NCAA’s transfer portal. Immediate eligibility for graduate transfers has become another piece of the changing landscape for college football student-athletes and coaches across the country," the statement said.
“I respect the fact that each individual’s circumstances and situation are different. We will continue to support all our student-athletes and wish them best whether their future is at Virginia Tech or another institution," Fuente continued in the statement.
Maryland Coach Mike Locksley, who takes over after calling plays on offense for Nick Saban at Alabama will have an interesting quarterback battle when spring ball starts.
Jackson will join Tyrrell Pigrome and Max Bortenschlager in the quarterback room. 2018 starter Kasim Hill entered his name into the transfer portal and will likely not be around when the season begins.
Hill started the first 10 games in 2018 before tearing his left ACL against Indiana on Nov. 10. Backup quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome finished the season as the starter. Hill tore his right ACL in 2017.
Jackson will also have to compete with four-star prospect Lance LeGendre, who flipped from Kansas to Maryland during the recruiting process.
Given Jackson's success before his injury, he may be the favorite to lead the Terps when they open the season on Halloween vs. the Howard Bison.
It still isn’t clear what led to Jackson’s decision to transfer, but he was one of 13 Hokies who reportedly had put their name into the NCAA transfer portal.