SwimSwam’s 20th ranked recruit from the class of 2015, and a one of the top sprint recruits in the country, Tate Jackson, has officially de-committed from Notre Dame and signed with the University of Texas. He was tabbed as the 20th best recruit in the country with his times from his junior year, but now he is arguably one of the top five recruits in the country.
We’re pleased to welcome U.S. junior national team member Tate Jackson of Austin to our Texas Swimming & Diving Class of 2019. Hook ’em!
— Texas Men’sSwimDive (@TexasMSD) May 5, 2015
In yards, Jackson has bests of 19.91 and 43.62 in the 50 and 100 free, plus a 48.59 in the 100 fly. He is one of the fews sub-20 second sprinters out of high school, which so far is much rarer in the class of 2015 than it was in the class of 2014.
Jackson swims for Nitro Swimming and currently lives in Austin, Texas. Notre Dame confirmed in a press release earlier this year that Tate Jackson did sign his national letter of intent with Notre Dame during the early signing period. His older brother, Trent, currently swims for the Irish.
This is a big loss for the University of Notre Dame. Head Coach Matt Tallman is bringing in one of the most talented freshman classes in program history, and it still will be even without Jackson, but he is still a big loss for their program. It is rare for swimmers to de-commit and sign somewhere else, but it does happen. Hanna House is a name that comes to mind; she de-committed from Notre Dame and signed with Duke almost a year ago.