Five-star DE Jackson Jeffcoat is Scout.com's No. 2 DE and No. 15 overall 2010 prospect. The 6-5, 230-pound Jeffcoat was an All-State player for the Plano West (Texas) Wolves as a junior last season, after racking up 100+ tackles, 15 tackles for a loss and nine sacks.
Jeffcoat is a household name in the DFW Metroplex. Jackson's father, Jim, was a 12-year member of the Dallas Cowboys franchise, where he helped the team win a pair of Super Bowls from the defensive end position.
But the younger Jeffcoat has already solidified his own name in the sport, and is also being recruited as a blue-chip basketball player to boot. He recently told TheBootleg.com in an exclusive interview that he loves both sports, and doesn't prefer playing one over the other.
"Normally, it's whatever season I'm in," Jeffcoat said. "When it's football season, that's my favorite, and when it's basketball season, that's my favorite. So I pretty much don't have a favorite."
Jeffcoat also said that he is looking for a college that will allow him to play both sports. Much like Stanford's Toby Gerhart, who plays football and baseball, Jeffcoat hopes to be a two-sport athlete at the NCAA level.
"Yes sir, I am definitely thinking about doing that," he said. "I just need to find the right place that has a good football team and good basketball team, and a place where they'll take me for both."
When he's not pounding the court or wrangling opposing offenses, Jeffcoat enjoys fishing with his dad and family.
"Bass fishing, that's the best," Jeffcoat said. "We go onto private lakes with some professional fisherman and fish for largemouth bass. The biggest bass I've ever caught was an eight-pounder, I think."
Fishing stories can become embellished over time, but the hype surrounding Jeffcoat is not, and Stanford hopes to land one of the biggest fish in the pond.
The Card, along with a myriad of other schools, has extended an offer to Jeffcoat. He currently reports official offers from California, Florida, Georgia, Houston, LSU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and USC. Additionally, Jeffcoat told The Bootleg he recently received an offer from Arizona State, his father's alma mater.
Jim Jeffcoat is currently the defensive line coach for the University of Houston, and he admitted that could factor into the decision-making process.
"Houston is definitely a school I am looking at because they have a great program and should have a good year this year," he said. "And they have one of the best coaches -- my dad."
While Jeffcoat hasn't made any football-related visits to California, he says that he's been to the state for a few summer camps before – and plans on taking a football trip to the Golden State soon.
"The weather here in Dallas is up and down, it can be cold one day and the next day it's hot," he said. "It's about 70 degrees in California all the time, so the weather is a lot nicer. We have not made it out to the West Coast yet, but we are planning on traveling out there this summer to visit Stanford, Cal and USC."
Jeffcoat says there is no timetable as to when he might narrow down the list or announce his decision. "I'm in the information-gathering process right now," he said. "I'm just trying to learn as much as I can about these schools."
One bit of information Jeffcoat does know about Stanford is that Tony Hill was a member of the Cardinal football team during the mid-‘70s, before entering the NFL.
"I saw that Tony Hill went there, and I know him very well," he stated. "I play basketball against his son, and he and my dad played together with the Cowboys. I like that they have great academics there. They're one of the top schools in the country and that's a big turn-on for me. They also have a good football program that might be overlooked sometimes."
Jeffcoat is a versatile athlete who boasts a 4.45 forty-yard time and could play OLB in 3-4 sets or DE in 4-3 schemes. He carries a 3.6 GPA, and plans on taking the SAT in May.
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