Florida Gators redshirt freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson is not enrolled in classes at the University of Florida for Summer A as he continues to go through the legal process stemming from charges of first-degree felony robbery with a firearm.
A family member confirmed to Gator Country that Jackson had a meeting with the school and that the university had cleared him to enroll in classes, but that Jackson’s scholarship was not going to be renewed by Florida until the legal process played out.
“He’s got a lot of things he’s dealing with right now,” Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain said on Wednesday. “Right now, obviously, he’s dealing with those and trying to take care of certain things that he needs to. We’ll support him and help him do what he can, but right now he’s not enrolled in school and dealing with some things outside that are a lot bigger than the Florida Gators.”
This was not Jackson’s first misstep at Florida. Jackson was a passenger in a car with fellow cornerback Jalen Tabor, driven by quarterback Treon Harris. The car was pulled over for speeding on campus and marijuana was found inside the vehicle. None of the players were charged with possession. Jackson was also the victim of a drive by shooting near his home in Immokalee, where he was grazed by a bullet.
Jackson is currently being represented by attorney Chris Brown — a Tampa based lawyer. Brown had been working with the state attorney’s office to bring evidence that he believed would aid Jackson’s case but public Alachua County court records don’t show any progress since a plea of not guilty. Brown did not return calls to Gator Country this week as Jackson’s future begins to look bleak in Orange and Blue.