Defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, a highly touted football recruit, wants to attend college in Austin, Texas.
The son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jim Jeffcoat verbally committed to the University of Texas on Friday. Jackson’s other finalists included Oklahoma and UH, but Texas emerged as the favorite earlier this month.
Jeffcoat’s decision surprised some, considering his father is an assistant coach at UH and his twin sister, Jaqueline, has committed to play basketball at Oklahoma.
Neither Jeffcoat’s father nor UH head coach Kevin Sumlin could be immediately reached for comment.
The 6-5, 225-pound high-school senior is ESPNU’s No. 2 prospect and ranks highly on many other recruiting lists such as Rivals.com. He recorded 68.5 tackles and 8.5 sacks in his final season with Plano West High School.
That on-the-field dominance earned Jeffcoat a spot on Texas’ Class 5A All-State team.
A source close to Jeffcoat — who agreed to comment under the condition of anonymity — said Friday that Jeffcoat has “zero chance” of changing his mind before he officially commits to play for the Longhorns on Wednesday (National Signing Day).