You cannot get much farther apart in the United States when it comes to the distance between Washington and Florida.
Redshirt Senior WR Calvin Jackson Jr is not the first Coug to make that trip. A few recent WSU WRs have done the same thing: Tavares Martin Jr (2015-2017), Isaiah Johnson-Mack (2016-2017) and Travell Harris (2017-present) are all wide receivers from Florida as well.
But something that those three did not do: star on Netflix’s “Last Chance U”
On his way from Fort Lauderdale, Calvin Jackson Jr made a quick two-year pit stop in Independence, Kansas, before eventually making his way to Pullman.
At the time Jackson arrived at Independence Community College, Netflix producers decided to move their third season of the show from East Mississippi CC to Independence. Chad Davis Jr, a Redshirt Junior Safety at WSU, also played at Independence CC during the time of the show.
Independence CC was given the name “Dream U”, as it is a Community College in a town with less than 10,000 people, where high-rated prospects and former D-1 athletes come to play to fulfill their “dream” to play at the D-1 level.
Jackson played for the Independence Pirates for two years. Under outspoken Coach Jason Brown, he had some serious success at the wide receiver position.
Jackson wasn’t featured a ton on the show, but when he was, they were either big-plays or touchdowns. In his two-year campaign at Independence CC, Jackson caught 74 passes, for 1,030 receiving yards and nine TDs. Here is an image of Jackson making a spectacular catch for Indy, via his twitter:
After his stint as an “actor” and play-maker at Independence, Jackson finally made his way to the Palouse.
As a Junior, and his first season in the crimson and grey, Jackson had 26 receptions for 387 yards and two TDs. His two receiving TDs came in WSU’s blowout win against Arizona. This is the same game where former-WSU QB Gardner Minshew threw for 473 yards and 7 TDs.
This past season was Calvin Jackson’s redshirt season. He appeared in four games, where he had 10 catches, for 117 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Jackson is going into his final year of eligibility for the Cougs. He has gone through quite the journey to end up in Pullman and is looking to prove his shot as one of Washington State’s go-to wideouts in 2020. Look out for #85 this upcoming season.