Do you not think that the things that Tracey Wilson and others have noticed:
Doesn't resonate with judges or are reflective in scoring? I think it's because of those things that Jason has been able to be competitive in juniors and seniors (at the national level) despite not having a 3A. He just missed being in the final group of Senior Nationals FS, that's nothing to snuff at, beating many guys with a 3A.... how interesting his skating was, how quirky and innovative his choreography was, and what a mature performer he was, and how he used every beat of the music, and how memorable he was.
As I said in past points, that may all change next season as he moves up to GP events and Worlds. But I think while he doesn't have the whole package yet, there are many reasons people are optimistic.