Jeffcoat Enjoys Unofficial Visit to ASU

Five-star defensive end prospect Jackson Jeffcoat participated in an AAU basketball tournament last week in Gilbert, Ariz. This allowed him the opportunity to unofficially visit his childhood's favorite team – Arizona State and their football program. Devils Digest caught up with the lone star standout to talk about his trip and his recruiting with the maroon and gold.

The 6-4 233 Jackson Jeffcoat said that he had driven by the Arizona State campus in years past, and was too young to remember the last time he did visit the school where his father and Dallas Cowboys great, Jim Jeffcoat, played his college years. By all accounts, his first up close and personal exposure to the Sun Devils was a very positive one.

"The campus was very nice," Jeffcoat said of his visit. "I didn't realize it would be this big. The stadium was very tight and the weather didn't feel as hot as it was. I talked to Coach Burns (who's recruiting Jeffcoat) and Coach Bray about the program and they are both great people and I enjoy talking to them. I like taking to Coach Burns because he's a great guy and he has been feeding me a lot of information. He answers all the questions I have about the school. Coach Bray has talked to me a lot of the defense.

"I got to talk to the strength coach and I saw the weight room. It was very nice and they have a lot of high tech equipment. That was pretty cool. Some of the apartments around campus were very nice…it was a cool visit. I really enjoyed it."

Jeffcoat was accompanied by his uncle Guy Young, who previously attended Arizona State.

The defensive end acknowledged that because of his father, Arizona State is a school that he always cheered for growing up and one that he plays during video games. "They offered me earlier this year," Jeffcoat stated. "My dad went there and he obviously did OK. So I thought I should take a look at them and I was very curious at what they had to offer."

Jeffcoat averaged 11.9 points and 7.7 rebounds in basketball as a junior for the 30-3 Plano West Wolves, and played for the Dallas Heroes AAU club which participated in various tournaments last month, aside from the Desert Duel in Gilbert. Therefore, ASU's new Weatherup Center basketball facility made just as big of an impression on his as the football facilities did.

"The gym was very nice and the locker room was amazing," Jeffcoat remarked. "The person that showed us around said that this facility is just like the ones Duke and North Carolina have, because that's where this program is headed."

He did admit that he would like to play basketball along with football at the college level, but added that: "…if playing basketball is too tiring on my body I'll stick to football."

Jeffcoat was voted to Texas' 5A All-State first team after registering more than 100 tackles, 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a junior for the Wolves' 5-6 team. "We started out well last year but kind of gave up later on," Jeffcoat noted. "We played well in the playoffs but just couldn't pull it out. I expect us to have a better year this season."

The defensive end cited his speed and technique as his strong points but added that: "I can always work on my technique. In our defense right now we're not really getting off on the ball, it's more of a read and react defense, and that's why I'm looking at different colleges that allow their defensive ends to get off the ball and utilize their speed."

During his visit, Jeffcoat was told by the ASU coaches that if he became a Sun Devil they would slate him at a rush end replacing senior Dexter Davis.

Aside from the Sun Devils, Jeffcoat has taken unofficial visits to USC, Texas, Oklahoma, LSU, UCLA and Houston where his father coaches. "We start practicing on the 10th," Jeffcoat said, "So I don't think I'll be able to take anymore unofficial visits.

"My top six teams right now are Arizona State, USC, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and the University of Houston. I'm probably going to choose from that list of schools. I haven't scheduled any official visits yet, but I think there is a good chance that I will take an official visit to Arizona State."

While the defensive end expects to take all his five official visits before making a decision, he didn't rule out possibly making a commitment earlier in the process.

Jeffcoat, who wants to major in Finance or Entrepreneurship, is looking for college with a strong business school. "I'm also looking for a place where I can live four or five years," he stated, "actually four years because I'm not going to redshirt. Just a place where I feel comfortable and my family feels comfortable to visit me and watch me play. I want to have a coaching staff that can help me the best that I can be."

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