Cibolo (Texas) Steele was playing in a playoff game on TV during Mark Jackson’s junior season. The commentator misspoke when he said he was committed to Oklahoma.
OU fans were fired up before realizing that wasn’t the case. At least not yet. It took more than a year later for everything to come together, but it has as Jackson announced Monday he has indeed flipped his commitment from Texas A&M to the Sooners.
Jackson, ranked No. 149 in the Scout 300 and U.S. Army All-American, had been pledged to the Aggies since May , but it was clear during the last two months it was a three-horse race between OU, A&M and Texas.
Jackson made official visits to all three schools in the final three weekends with Norman being the final destination last weekend.
"I needed some place where I couldn't just play football but could also become a better student," Jackson said. "I definitely feel like I have that chance at OU."
Listed at defensive end and ranked No. 19 at the spot, Jackson could very well actually be an outside linebacker for the Sooners. With so many linebackers departing from OU’s 2015 team, it was a major need to hit with this recruiting class.
And Jackson is a major recruiting win, arguably the biggest of the cycle. He didn’t have any family ties to OU. This wasn’t a recruitment where OU held on for the win as much as it surged forward to earn the big-time victory.
Jackson, a U.S. Army All-American, seems to be the perfect fit for what OU likes to do in rushing the quarterback and appears to be ideal in the next line of players in the mold of Eric Striker and Devante Bond.
Jackson is OU’s fourth four-star commitment since Saturday afternoon and third for the 2016 class as OU attempts to finish as strong as possible heading into signing day Wednesday.
OU was Jackson's first offer. As it turns out, the only one that mattered.
He joins Downers Grove (Ill.) South offensive lineman Erik Swenson and Southlake (Texas) Carroll receiver Zach Farrar as other four-star official visitors from weekend to join OU.