Auburn quarterback Josh Jackson will transfer to the University of Virginia Tech in 2017, his agent told The Associated Press on Monday.
The decision comes after Jackson’s father, former Auburn quarterback Tim Jackson, announced his retirement, ending his two-year tenure as the Tigers’ head coach.
Tim Jackson said he’d made the decision to transfer because his son was “going to be a star and a great player.”
Tim Jackson told The AP that he would wait until the time Jackson had his contract with Auburn expires, which would be next season.
The announcement came after Jackson had been a part of a group of Tigers that visited Richmond last month, and then the Virginia Tech campus.
Tim said his son is “the best player I ever had” and said he was looking forward to a future in Blacksburg.
Tim added that he’s committed to Auburn because he wants his son to play for the Tigers.
Josh Jackson said at the end of the day he’s “really excited about what I’m going to be able to do here,” and he plans to stay at Auburn.
The move was not a surprise to Tim Jackson.
Tim Jackson said in July that he was interested in transferring to VMU because his father, who was a four-year starter for the Bulldogs, was retiring.
Tim had previously said that Josh Jackson was “the most talented player I’ve ever seen in the college game,” and Tim said that he didn’t want Josh Jackson leaving the program.
Tim’s father is expected to announce his retirement at the start of the 2017 season.