2016 Watch: DE Mark Jackson

Field Reporter
Posted Feb 18, 2014

Cibolo (Texas) Steele is replenishing the ranks at defensive end with 2016 prospect Mark Jackson, who had an impressive sophomore campaign...

Year after year, Cibolo (Tex.) Steele football sends guys to play college ball, adding another nine to that list this National Signing Day.

It's no surprise that underclassmen talent is continuing to develop, including defensive lineman Mark Jackson, a 2016 prospect.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, who played in all thirteen games of his sophomore season, had 5.5 sacks for 39 yards lost last fall.

"It was my second season playing varsity, and I think I did pretty well. I think my greatest strengths on the field are pass rushing and getting to the quarterback," said Jackson.

The lineman also had 26 tackles (five solo) with nine tackles for loss; according to his hudl page, Jackson's other stats include a 4.6 40-yard dash, a 33" vertical, 280-pound bench press, and 420-pound squat.

This spring, Jackson plans on spending even more time in the weight room with one goal in mind.

"I really want to gain weight this year. My goal weight is 230-pounds," he said.

The recruiting process is slowly beginning, as Jackson has started to receive letters. There is one program, however, from which Jackson hopes to hear more.

"Texas," he said without hesitation. "I like everything from the campus to the facilities. I grew up a Longhorn fan."

With a new coaching staff in place in Austin, Jackson thinks the team will find success under Charlie Strong.

"I saw him at Louisville, and I think he'll be a good coach at Texas," he said.

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