Head Coach Charlie Strong and the rest of the Texas Longhorns coaching staff are about to embark on an epic journey to NSD. Over the next 29 days, Texas fans will see numerous high school football players make their pledge to join the Longhorn Nation. Texas will sign somewhere in the neighborhood of 12-14 more players for the class of 2016.
Defensive end Mark Jackson pulled the trigger to Texas A&M back in May 2015. The four-star standout defensive linemen should visit Texas officially the weekend of January 16th. Jackson shows great athleticism, explosion and the ability to get after the quarterback. Although committed to the Aggies, it would appear Oklahoma and Texas have a better chance of landing his services at this time. January 16th weekend will be a big weekend for the Longhorns and if Jackson makes it in Texas fans need to keep an eye on Jackson moving forward.
Texas has two defensive ends on board at this time with Malcolm Roach and Andrew Fitzgerald. I believe Roach is one of the most underrated prospects in the class of 2016 and will be the gem of the Texas recruiting class for 2016. In addition to Jackson, I expect to see another defensive end visit that most Texas fans are more than likely unaware of at this time. Overall, the defensive line has a real chance to be the strength of this class on National Signing Day.
Inside the Numbers
Four-Star Defensive End
6-foot-2 ½, 227-pounds
Cibolo (Texas) Steele High School
Scout.com Overall Rank No 175
Position Rank No 20
Midland DE Rank No 8
Texas DE Rank No 6
Jackson spends most of his time playing in high school with his hand on the ground, but he is an all-around very athletic defender with great speed. He is an aggressive force and has stood out rushing the quarterback and making plays behind the line of scrimmage. He will do well chasing down players in the backfield and running sideline-to-sideline if he moves to outside backer in college. But he could also be a hybrid DE/OLB, splitting time. -GP