Plano West's Jeffcoat Chooses Texas

Texas also snags Jordan Hicks out of Ohio

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, Jan 29, 2010  |  Updated 12:55 PM CDT
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Plano West's Jeffcoat Chooses Texas

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Plano West defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, one of the nation's top unsigned high school recruits, revealed his collegiate plans on Friday morning.

From the gym of Plano West, Jeffcoat said he plans to head to Austin to play for the Longhorns and head coach Mack Brown, five days before he can officially sign a national letter of intent.

Joining Jeffcoat on Brown's defense is LB Jordan Hicks out of West Chester, Ohio. Hicks is the No. 4 player in the country according to ESPN Scouts Inc., and the No. 16 player on the Rivals100.  He chose Texas over both Ohio State and Florida.

Jeffcoat's other finalists were Oklahoma, where his twin sister will play basketball, and Houston, where his father Jim, who is also a former Dallas Cowboy, is an assistant coach.

Jeffcoat said the fact that his father is on the Houston coaching staff made the decision a little more difficult, but that ultimately he felt the most comfortable at Texas.

"I felt the most comfortable at Texas.  All these schools are great schools, I just felt right with Texas," said Jeffcoat. "I believe my dad is the best coach in the country, but some things didn't work out. I feel like this is the right place for me."

Jeffcoat credits his parents with helping make the hardest decision of his life and for supporting his decision, no matter which university he chose.

I'm really blessed to have parents like these," said Jeffcoat. "He's supported me, he's going to support me wherever I go."

During his senior season, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Jackson Jeffcoat had 87 tackles with 8½ sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and two blocked kicks. He was on the AP Class 5A all-state team.

Jeffcoat said he believes he can make an impact in the Big 12 and with the Longhorns.  He said he hopes to go in, get a little playing time and eventually work into a starting spot.

Earlier this week, Jeffcoat was named with five other local players to the2010 Parade All-America High School Football Team. Rivals.com listed Jeffcoat as the 12th overall prospect in the country and third among defensive ends. 

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