Tevin Jackson Stars in Orlando

Three Longhorn senior commits were invited to participate for the Southwest team in the prestigious Gridiron Kings at Walt Disney World last week. Garland's Tevin Jackson teamed with his high school teammate Adrian Phillips and Cedar Hill's Aaron Benson for a glimpse into future Longhorn defensive line-ups.

At 6-2 and 220+ pounds, Tevin Jackson of Garland, Texas has a way of standing out in a crowd. While in Orlando competing at the Champion® Gridiron Kings, which is an elite high school football event that includes performance training, position specific training, skills challenges and a 7-on-7 competition, Jackson turned quite a few heads.

"I was in Orlando for that 7on7 thing. It was fun. I got to play with some of the top athletes from around the country," said Jackson of the event that had many of the country's top athletes from around the country.

The Southwest team, which had all of the Texans in attendance, was quarterbacked by Munchie Legaux of New Orleans's Edna Carr High School.

"We (Texans) were all on the same team. We did well, and we placed fourth. It was fun," Jackson said of the event.

Although 7-on-7 formats do not allow for linebackers to show many of their best attributes, Jackson was universally recognized as one of the top performers at his position.

"The thing about the two linebackers (Jackson and Benson) is, in a 7 on 7, they are out of their element. It was hard to see a whole lot from those guys, but you could tell they were good. Just looking at Tevin Jackson is enough. That kid looks like he is ready to play in college right now. For a kid that size to be able to move the way he did and cover the way he did, he was really, really impressive," said Scout.com's Midwest regional expert Allen Trieu, who was on hand for all three days of the competition.

Trieu continued, "As far as linebackers go, Jackson may have had the best performance of any linebacker. I would definitely put him towards the top of the linebacker group."

For Jackson, it was just another test to try to improve as a player.

"I'm just trying to be the best I can be. Whatever I do, I want to be the best and I know I have to work hard to get it. I feel like I did good, but I am always trying to get better," the humble Jackson said.

Jackson was able to team up with future Longhorn linebacker mate, Aaron Benson of Cedar Hill. The two have had a chance to get to know one another over the last several months.

"I know Aaron (Benson) pretty well. We met at the Texas mini-camp and we got a little chemistry there. In Orlando, we had that team chemistry before we even got down there."

The two may have a chance to spend some more time together as each has a chance to see the Texas Longhorns play as seniors.

"I am going to try to make at least all the home games," Jackson admitted.

Jackson and Garland teammate Adrian Phillips look to improve on their 11-2 2008 season. Jackson recorded 94 tackles, 7 sacks and 8 tackles for loss as a junior. The Owls start their season with an exhibition on August 28 at Dallas Kimble.


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