Plano West's Jeffcoat Narrows School Choices

Nation's top defensive end recruit shuns some, leaves others in running

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    Jackson Jeffcoat has narrowed his college choices down to six -- one of which is Houston.

    Plano West defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat has been a highly sought after kid for quite some time. That's what happens when you're the son of a former NFL sack machine who played for the NFL's most high profile team (and of whom I own the Starting Lineup figure in his likeness).

    Jeffcoat, son of former Cowboys defensive end Jim Jeffcoat, is a senior at Plano West and is the nation's top-ranked defensive end recruit, the second-ranked player in the state of Texas and the fifth-ranked player in the country at any position.

    At 6 foot 5 inches, 230 pounds, Jeffcoat has drawn comparisons to such greats as Julius Peppers with his lean, long body and athleticism.

    And a few weeks ago, as first reported in The Dallas Morning News, Jeffcoat narrowed his college choices down to six schools with signing day coming on Feb. 3. While many athletes choose to commit early, Jeffcoat is likely to wait right up until signing day or even until the day itself to reveal the lucky school.

    Jeffcoat's list now reads as follows: Arizona State, Florida, Houston, Oklahoma, Texas and USC.

    Reads like a wishlist of schools for potential college players to go, with the exception of one -- Houston.

    But the Cougars are on the rise under head coach Mike Sumlin, and oh yeah, there's one more thing, Papa Jim is an assistant coach under Sumlin. If the Cougars were to land Jeffcoat it would be one of the greatest recruiting coups of all time.

    My money is he goes to Texas like all of the other best players in the state do, or goes off to Oklahoma to join his sister, who is an Oklahoma basketball player.

    Adam Boedeker is an award-winning blogger/sports writer at the Denton Record-Chronicle. He's looking for an ACL ticket. Anyone?