4-star PG Tyler Jackson loves Syracuse basketball, but 'keeping recruitment open'

Syracuse basketball continues to recruit 2025 4-star PG Tyler Jackson hard, but he says he's keeping his recruitment open.
Syracuse basketball continues to recruit 2025 4-star PG Tyler Jackson hard, but he says he's keeping his recruitment open. / Brett Carlsen/GettyImages

Tyler Jackson, the four-star point guard in the 2025 class from Baltimore, remains high on Syracuse basketball, although he said in a recent interview that he's keeping his recruitment open.

The 6-foot-3 Jackson, who is ranked in the top 40 nationally of his cycle by numerous recruiting services, received a scholarship offer from the Orange in late April of 2023. In late January of this year, he took an official visit to the Hill, and it's his only official visit to date.

Jackson, this spring on the AAU circuit, has been playing alongside Syracuse basketball 2025 four-star priority recruit Kiyan Anthony for the 17U squad of the Baltimore-based Team Melo in Nike’s EYBL league.

In late May, during the most recent EYBL session in Kansas City, Mo., Jackson was deemed a top performer by national analysts and scouts. Earlier that month, as the EYBL held a session in Indianapolis amid an NCAA live period, the 'Cuse coaching staff was in attendance for at least two of Team Melo's games.

Syracuse basketball continues to recruit 2025 four-star point guard Tyler Jackson hard.

Jackson, as a junior during the 2023-24 campaign, suited up in the Atlanta-based professional league Overtime Elite. His OTE squad, the City Reapers, captured the Overtime Elite championship in mid-March.

To date, per his bio on the On3 Web site, Jackson has amassed more than two-dozen scholarship offers. In a recent interview with top writer Sam Lance on zagsblog.com, Jackson said suitors currently in the mix for him include Syracuse basketball, Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Virginia.

Besides his January official visit to the 'Cuse, he has unofficially visited both Auburn and Maryland. Lance writes that Jackson "plans on seeing some mores schools coming up, but no specifics."

According to the zagsblog.com article, Jackson plans to trim down his list of collegiate contenders soon. I would anticipate Syracuse basketball making the cut.

Jackson added to Lance, "I’m keeping my recruitment open. Keep my eyes open. Seeing who really really likes me, seeing who’s still on me when I’m playing bad. Things of that nature."

Now, some context here. Jackson, in late April, said that he talks to the Orange coaching staff "every day." At the time of this writing, the 'Cuse was in the lead for him, according to On3's recruiting prediction machine, although if and when he takes other visits, this could change.

In his interview with Lance, Jackson said of Syracuse basketball: "I love them. I was up there. They actually took me around, showed me the school. It was nice. They showed me that the coaches want to invest in me, actually like me. And they do. So we’re going to see what that’s about too."

Jackson and Anthony, a four-star shooting guard from New York City, are good friends. Jackson has also said numerous times that he is quite fond of Anthony's dad, Orange legend Carmelo Anthony, who spent much of his childhood in the Baltimore area.

As it pertains to 2025 recruiting efforts by the Orange coaching staff, at point guard/combo guard, my sense is that the 'Cuse is prioritizing three four-star prospects: Jackson; four-star Acaden Lewis from Washington, D.C., who was offered by the team in late April of this year and plans to visit Syracuse basketball soon; and four-star Keyshuan Tillery from Albany, N.Y., who secured an Orange offer in late August of last year, around the time that he competed in the squad's annual Elite Camp.

It will be interesting to continue tracking the recruitments of Jackson, Lewis and Tillery. Any one of them would be a terrific get for the Orange in the rising high school senior class.

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