Former Florida cornerback J.C. Jackson will transfer to Maryland and be eligible immediately, according to a report from 247sports.com on Sunday evening. The move meets a major need in the Terps secondary.
Jackson will arrive Tuesday and have three years of eligibility remaining, according to the report.
Jackson was an Under Armour All-American and four-star recruit out of Immokalee (Fla.) in the Class of 2014. He committed to the Gators when current Maryland coach DJ Durkin was Florida's defensive coordinator and redshirted his freshman season. That spring, he worked with the first-team defense in practice.
In April 2015, Jackson was arrested in connection with an armed robbery in Gainesville, Fla., and subsequently left Florida. In July 2015, he was charged with three counts of home invasion with a deadly weapon and one count of burglary of an occupied dwelling, but he was found not guilty of three charges and acquitted on the fourth in November 2015.
Jackson was last at Riverside (Calif.) Community College.
Jackson's reported transfer should immediately boost the Maryland secondary. During spring practice at Florida in 2015, Jackson was working with the first-team defense over Jalen Tabor, who was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference performer last fall.
The Terps graduated three of their starters in the secondary after last season. All-Big Ten cornerback Will Likely is the lone returner in the unit, which also has five incoming freshmen defensive backs.