Jackson Jeffcoat, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end from Plano West High is the top ranked player in the Lone Star State, according to Scout.com.
Throughout the process, the 5-star recruit who is the son of former NFL stalwart and current Houston assistant Jim Jeffcoat, has racked up an impressive offer list.
Schools like Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, USC, Florida, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Nebraska, Houston, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, and others all stepped up.
In the end his decision came down to UT, OU and U of H, but he just felt the most comfortable with the Longhorns.
“My decision is Texas,” Jeffcoat exclaimed at his press conference this morning!
“It is just a great campus and they have great people around it. They have a great tradition and a great family atmosphere and a great football team. And they played in the National Championship this year.”
At one point many felt that Jeffcoat was a lock for USC, but they slipped off his list after Pete Carroll bolted the program for an NFL job with the Seattle Seahawks, and Jeffcoat is glad that he did not make a quick or spur of the moment decision on his college choice.
“That is why I did it, because things happen” Jeffcoat explained when asked about waiting so long before making a college decision. “Coaches change and coaches leave even if they tell you they might stay, but things happen and they end up leaving sometimes.”
Jeffcoat will not have to leave the state’s borders to play his college ball, but he said that part of the recruiting equation never factored strongly in to his thought process.
“I never really know where my home was going to be because my dad is a coach so there is always a possibility that we may have moved sometime. So I never took it in to account that they were just the home state school.”
Jeffcoat was selected as a U.S. Army All-American, but missed the game and practices with an ankle injury. But after watching all of that talent compete throughout the week in San Antonio he is even more eager to prove himself on the college level.
“I enjoyed being around all the guys,” Jeffcoat said. “I did not get to prove myself out here but I will get to prove myself in college.”
As a senior, Jeffcoat collected 87 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, nine sacks to earn All-State honors.