Texas coach Charlie Strong before a NCAA college football game against Texas Tech at Royal-Memorial Stadium Saturday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Stephen Spillman for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Why should Longhorn fans care about Dontavious Jackson’s national signing day decision?

Posted January 29th, 2016


On Thursday, ESPN released a statement that four Longhorn recruiting targets will be announcing their decisions on national signing day live on the ESPNU network.

One of the four potential signees is Dontavious Jackson, a four-star linebacker out of Alief Elsik High School. He’s listed by ESPN as the fifth-rated linebacker in the nation in the network’s top 300 list.

Why should Horns fans be watching his decision at 9 a.m. on Wednesday morning?


He’s No. 23 on The Statesman’s Fabulous 55 list

Jackson is the third-highest rated linebacker and fourth-highest rated uncommitted recruit on that list.

He’s an inside linebacker that can be a “difference-maker at a number of programs”

According to Bleacher Report, Jackson has a “skill set as a prototypical inside linebacker and his ability to still be effective in pass coverage.”

Charlie Strong and some assistants recently paid an in-home visit to Jackson:

His junior year highlight video:


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