Sorry Oklahoma and Houston fans. Jackson Jeffcoat is heading off to Austin for college.
The defensive end, ranked as the No. 2 recruit on the ESPNU 150 rankings, joined linebacker Jordan Hicks in choosing to become a Texas Longhorn on Friday morning.
The son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jim Jeffcoat — who is actually on the coaching staff at Houston — Jackson hopes to continue on the same path as fellow Texas defensive ends Brian Orakpo and Sergio Kindle.
The 6-5, 225-pounder registered 68.5 tackles, 8.5 sacks and two interceptions as a senior at Plano West High School in 2009.
While verbal commitments are nonbinding, recruits can sign letters of intent when the official signing period begins on Wednesday.
Not only did Jeffcoat pass on the opportunity to play at the same school where his dad coaches, but his twin sister Jacqueline committed to play basketball at Oklahoma.
“I felt most comfortable at Texas,” Jeffcoat said. “It’s not that I didn't feel comfortable anywhere else; everywhere else was great. That's why it was such a hard decision and it took so long. I just felt right with Texas.”
Jeffcoat did admit that deciding against playing for his father, the defensive line coach at Houston, was very tough.
“I believe my dad is the best coach in the country, but I didn't feel like it was the right place for me,” he said. “My dad has always been there for me and he always will be there for me.”
The good news for the Longhorns didn’t end with Jeffcoat.
On Friday, the school also received a commitment from Hicks, the No. 4 recruit from Lakota West High School in Ohio.
The 6-2, 210-pound Hicks chose Texas over Ohio State and Florida. During his senior season, he notched 80 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. Surprisingly, it marks the first time that head coach Mack Brown has landed a player out of Ohio.
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