I talked with Richard Thursday night and again this morning to make sure he had thoroughly thought this decision through," head coach Charlie Weis said in a statement released by the University. "He informed me this morning that he intended to part ways with the program and transfer to a school closer to home. We thank him for his time and wish him well in the future."
Jackson entered camp listed behind sophomore Duval Kamara and classmate George West as the X receiver, but Jackson was obviously not pleased with what he felt his position in the program was. It’s unknown what role, if any, the addition of three freshmen receivers had on Jackson’s feeling about his stance on the team.
Freshmen Deion Walker and John Goodman were listed behind Jackson at the X position to start camp, with freshman Michael Floyd at Z.
With Jackson's departure, Walker and Goodman figure to move up the depth chart while the position as a whole gets younger. Senior David Grimes and juniors Robby Parris and West are the only upperclassmen among the eight scholarship receivers.
Jackson came to Notre Dame as a highly-rated recruit out of Florida who was expected to have a chance to make an early impact. Unfortunately, that never happened. According to the Notre Dame media guide, Jackson’s 100 seconds of playing time as a freshman were limited mostly to special teams. Jackson did not see any game action as a sophomore after suffering a broken wrist in the 2007 Blue-Gold Game.
Jackson is the sixth member of the Class of 2006 to transfer, following quarterbacks Demetrius Jones and Zach Frazer, tight end Konrad Reuland, offensive lineman Matt Carufel and running back/defensive back Munir Prince. All five of the previous transfers had been passed on the depth chart by younger players.