Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.
The transfer portal never stops moving. On Monday morning, former four-star Michigan wide receiver Giles Jackson, who is also an explosive kickoff and punt returner, entered the portal.
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Recruiting: While holding more than a dozen offers, Jackson focused his process on Michigan, USC and Oregon before committing to the Wolverines early during his senior season.
With the Wolverines: As a true freshman in 2019, Jackson had nine receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown. In 2020 he totaled 15 receptions for 167 yards. He also returned kickoffs during both of his seasons in Ann Arbor and returned five punts in 2020.
Potential landing spots: Utah, Houston, Kansas State, Penn State, Vanderbilt, Washington, Cal, Indiana, Oregon State, Memphis, Hawaii, Western Kentucky have shown immediate interest.
Farrell’s Take: Jackson was a speedster out of California and a very good get for Michigan away from some west coast powers. Built like a running back, he’s thick and strong but not the longest receiver. His ability in the return game is an addition to his skillset and is one of the reasons he is so popular early. He’s a Power Five talent to me.
Impact Rating: 6.7 out of 10
The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and manage their rosters so we here at Rivals.com continue to evolve our coverage. Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.
1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.
4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.
6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.
9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.
10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.