Jackson Enjoys Texas Practice

The Texas Longhorns had many of their 21 commitments in the 2010 class on hand for Saturday's closed scrimmage. One of the commits on hand was Garland High linebacker Tevin Jackson. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Jackson about his trip to Austin.

Garland linebacker Tevin Jackson was one of several 2010 commitments on hand in Austin for last Saturday's scrimmage. The 6-2, 215-pounder not only watched practice, but spent time trying to recruit a pair of five star prospects for the Longhorns.

On the field, Jackson is a fast, downhill, hard hitting linebacker. Playing fast and always seemingly moving with a quick tempo whether it be in offseason or on the field, the practice setting and pace of the practice is a key for the latest nationally ranked Garland ISD product.

"I was there on Saturday," Jackson said. "The tempo of the practice was real good. I liked that a lot and made me want to be a Longhorn even more. I focused on the linebackers and Coach Muschamp. I was really impressed with Sergio Kindle and Jared Norton."

The #131 prospect in the Scout 300 had the chance to spend a lot of time with future teammates and a couple of highly sought prospects while watching the practice in the bubble. Jackson took the chance to make some new friends and do his part to try and convince two five-star prospects to join him in Austin.

"I talked to a bunch of guys. I talked to Jackson Jeffcoat and Lache Seastrunk. I had met Jackson before. I think he liked what he saw. I haven't really been staying in contact with other commits other than Adrian (Phillips), but I got a lot of numbers and plan on giving guys a call. I talked with De'Aires Cotton for a while," Jackson said.

The quick strike linebacker, who will return to Austin on Sunday for the spring game, has been focused completely on gaining speed and strength in the Owls' offseason program with spring practice right around the corner.

"I'm just trying to get bigger, stronger and faster. We have been lifting weights and running. I'm weighing 215 right now. We'll be playing in 7-on-7 starting this week. We were supposed to start on Monday, but it didn't happen. I think our tournaments will be qualifiers for state soon," Jackson said.

The four star prospect says the majority of teams have backed off since his commitment to Texas, but not all programs.

"I'm 100% committed to Texas. It (recruiting) has slowed down, but some are still trying. Oklahoma, Kansas, Tech, Ole Miss, Iowa and Notre Dame are still trying. I have offers from LSU, Oklahoma and Kansas other than Texas now," Jackson said.

Jackson was a first team all-district performer as a junior for the 11-2 Owls recording 94 tackles, eight for loss and seven sacks.

In a February 9 Burnt Orange Beat interview with Garland head coach Jeff Jordan, the leader of the successful 5A program spoke highly of the latest in a long line of standout defensive performers in the Owls program.

"Tevin is another tremendous athlete and another really good character kid," Jordan said. "He is a prototypical linebacker at 6-2, 215, and runs in the 4.5's. Seven or eight years ago, he would have played outside linebacker in our 4-3, but we play so many spread teams, we had to play him in the middle. I think they will use him in a role like Sergio Kindle. He will play outside and could also put his hand on the ground to rush the passer."

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