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Michigan State cornerback Chris Jackson announces transfer to Washington State

Michigan wide receiver Giles Jackson (0) is pulled out of bounds by Michigan State cornerback Chris Jackson (12) during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich.   (Associated Press)

When Nick Rolovich unveiled his signing class in December, the Washington State coach intentionally left a handful of scholarships open in case the Cougars found anything worth pursuing on the transfer market.

For the fourth time since then, an FBS player looking for a change of scenery has decided to continue his career with the Cougars.

Chris Jackson, a former Michigan State cornerback who just finished his redshirt sophomore season with the Spartans, announced his commitment to WSU on Thursday afternoon.

“Blessed beyond measure. Now watch me work. #Committed” Jackson tweeted.

With the NCAA’s extra year of eligibility, Jackson will still be a redshirt sophomore this fall, and should have two more years to play after sitting out due to transfer rules.

The Cougars have added four transfers this offseason, including Jackson.

Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano and TCU linebacker Ben Wilson, a Sumner, Washington, native, have both enrolled at WSU and will participate in spring practice. Hawaii wide receiver Lincoln Victor, another transfer who played high school football in the Evergreen State, announced his commitment to the Cougars but hasn’t signed a letter of intent.

Jackson played nine games for the Spartans the past two seasons and should help WSU’s cornerbacks room immediately once he’s eligible in 2022. The Cougars enter the fall season with one senior, George Hicks III, and juniors Jaylen Watson and Derrick Langford. Watson considered turning pro this offseason before announcing he’d return to the Cougars in the fall.

As a redshirt sophomore, Jackson started in two games and played in four, but missed games against Iowa and Indiana due to injury. Jackson was not in uniform for the Spartans’ game against Penn State and had informed WSU’s staff of his plans to leave the program.

In 2020, Jackson recorded nine tackles, five of them solo, and one pass breakup. Playing a more limited role as a redshirt freshman, Jackson appeared in five games and made one tackle.

A high three-star recruit coming out of Georgia’s Lassiter High School, the Marietta, Georgia, native chose Michigan State over a handful of other Power Five schools, including Michigan, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.