For the past four seasons, Watson Chapel senior outfielder Jakobi Jackson has been a staple in the Wildcat program. On Tuesday, Jackson signed to play on the next level at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri.
Jackson has done it all, from leading the team in hitting percentage to playing outstanding from his center field position and even pitching when needed. He has also been an excellent base runner and has committed himself to the game.
On the field, there’s not much that Jakobi lacks at, and Watson Chapel Head Coach Chad Cope says that he has seen a growth off of the field as well.
“He’s been starting since the ninth grade for our program,” Cope said. “Jakobi’s always been a great player, and he’s come along way on and off of the field, even though there are things he can still get better at. He’s grown up a lot, and he’s been a big asset to what we’ve done around here.”
Jackson recorded five home runs this season to add to the high number that he’s accumulated over his time as a Wildcat. Leading the team in batting average again, it’s clear to see that Jackson has a knack for hitting the ball. According to Cope, he not only hits it extremely well, he’s just an all-around ball player.
“He’s one of the better hitters in the state of Arkansas,” Cope said. “He’s a polished hitter but also a good defensive player. Runs the bases well and just seems to always have good at-bats. Can play the outfield pretty well, and he plays error free from that standpoint. I know he has five home runs on the year and he’s hitting over .450-460 in the three hole. He’s excellent at being patient and taking what they’re giving him.”
Jackson ultimately chose Crowder, but he had multiple Division I offers on the table. If he can get to Crowder and handle his business like Cope expects he will, they’ll be a long line of suitors for his services.
“Jakobi’s got offers out of the world the only thing stopping him is himself,” Cope said. “If he goes up there and has a good year he’ll be just fine.”