The Texas Longhorns have very few priorities left for the nearly full class of 2010, but one of those is Jackson Jeffcoat, and with good reason. Jeffcoat, the son of legendary Dallas Cowboy Jim Jeffcoat and one of the top players in the nation took a visit to Texas recently and will soon see a whole lot more schools.
Jeffcoat spoke with Inside Texas about how long his recruitment will last, the possibility of playing both football and basketball in college and more, including dispelling a rumor about a deciding factor for his signature.
Jackson Jeffcoat is preparing for a cross-country tour.
The talented Plano West DE — and the No. 4 overall player in the Inside Texas 2010 Top 100 — has already visited LSU, Oklahoma and Houston (where his father is the defensive line coach) this spring, but that’s just getting warmed up. This summer he plans on visiting several top schools across the nation to see where he best fits in, already setting up visits with Georgia, Florida, Stanford, USC and Cal.
His most recent trip, though, was right down I-35 to Austin, Tex. to visit the Texas Longhorns.
“I went down to watch spring practice and I hung out with the recruits,” said Jeffcoat. “(Temple RB) Lache Seastrunk was there and so were a bunch of commits.”
Jeffcoat and the recruits watched the Longhorns scrimmage and spoke with the coaching staff. Jeffcoat enjoyed his visit to the 40 Acres and the Horns did make an impression, but he’s not going to give a commitment to any school any time soon. Jeffcoat told Inside Texas he’s still in the “information gathering” stage and doesn’t have a leader or any top set of schools worked out.
However, even though he doesn’t plan on committing early, he also doesn’t plan on carrying the drama all the way out to February 3rd, 2010.
“No, I don’t plan on waiting until Signing Day, I’m going to give my commitment as soon as I’m ready, as soon as I’ve figured it all out,” said Jeffcoat.
Jeffcoat also took the opportunity to dispel a rumor that he said has cropped up during his recruitment. Some have speculated that the depth chart and where other players are committing will strongly affect Jeffcoat’s decision. This has been of concern to Longhorn fans due to the fact that Texas recently got a commitment from the No. 1 overall player in the state, defensive end Reggie Wilson.
So how much would the commitment of a player like Wilson affect his decision?
According to Jeffcoat, zero.
“People have been speculating and saying that the depth chart is going to decide where I’m going to go. That’s not true at all,” said Jeffcoat. “I love competition, it brings out the best in you and I’m going to go and compete with whoever is there. That is not a factor to me, not at all.”
So if depth chart and current commitments don’t come into play, what will be the deciding factors?
“First academics, because no one can take away that degree once you’ve earned it,” said Jeffcoat. “And then just the environment and where I feel the most comfortable, that’s where I’m going to commit to.”
Along with those, another factor that could come into play, interestingly enough, is basketball. Jeffcoat is also a talented hoops player for Plano West and, playing at forward, the 6-5, 240-pound Jeffcoat averaged 12.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game this past season. He’s played well enough that several of the teams who are recruiting him have also inquired about him playing basketball in college.
“Texas said I could play basketball for them if I decided to play both,” said Jeffcoat. “OU and USC also talked to me about basketball. LSU and a couple others are considering offering me for basketball as well.”
But while Rick Barnes has taken a look at him, most of the attention Jeffcoat has been receiving has been because of football and right now he’s in the process of gathering all the information he can about the top schools looking at him for football.
“I’m asking a lot of questions of coaches and learning everything I can so I can make the best decision possible,” said Jeffcoat. Also see – Film Session: Jackson Jeffcoat