Kari Jackson, a four-star ’24 linebacker from West Bloomfield High School in Michigan, has committed to Penn State, he announced via Twitter Tuesday morning.
Jackson is the third player to commit to Penn State’s ’24 class, the second linebacker and the first player from outside Pennsylvania.
He joins fellow four-star Anthony Speca (Pittsburgh Central Catholic) as a linebacker commit.
Jackson (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) has had an interesting high school career geography-wise. He started at West Bloomfield, then transferred to Florida’s famous IMG Academy for his sophomore season. After that, he returned to West Bloomfield for his junior year and dominated. Jackson ended this past season with 103 tackles (65 solo), 26 tackles for loss and three sacks, playing in just seven games. Earlier this month, Jackson announced that Penn State was in his top seven, along with Cincinnati, Central Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Stanford and Wisconsin. Penn State offered him in May 2021, and he visited the school three times before committing. He first visited the month after Penn State offered him, then transferred to IMG, making it difficult for him to make the trip to State College. After returning to West Bloomfield, Jackson returned to Penn State, attending the team’s White Out game against Minnesota last October. His most recent visit to Penn State was in January for one of Penn State’s junior day events.
Penn State’s ’24 group of linebackers is following up what looks to be a strong ’23 position class. In the last recruiting cycle, Penn State signed four-star linebackers Tony Rojas (Fairfax, Virginia), Ta’Mere Robinson (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Kavieon Keys (Richmond, Virginia.)
Along with Speca and Kari Jackson, Cooper Cousins is committed to Penn State’s ’24 class. Cousins, a four-star from Pennsylvania’s McDowell High School, was the first to commit in this cycle by a longshot, doing so in January 2022.