February 28, 2009

East Texas star commits to the Longhorns

The Texas Longhorns have one of the nation's top defensive backfields heading into the 2009 season.

Everywhere you look, there's future NFL talent dripping from the sidelines. Even better for the Horns is the fact that the defensive backfield list for the Longhorns is only adding to the depth and talent for future seasons.

After landing three commitments from defensive backs prospects at their first Junior Day, the rich got richer on Saturday afternoon when Sulphur Springs defensive back Bryant Jackson gave a verbal pledge to the Longhorns.

"Yes, he committed to Texas," Sulphur Springs head coach Greg Owens this afternoon."

The 6-3, 175-pound Jackson is currently ranked as the state's No.50 prospect on the Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 list, but Owens believes that Jackson's talent level is right up there with anyone in the state.

"I think it's just his raw talent," Owens replied when asked what the Texas coaches saw in his young pupil. "He's a 6-4 kid that can really run. As a sophomore he qualified for regionals in track in four different events and he has a huge upside. He's still a pretty young kid that has a year ahead of him and I think they just saw that. There's a need for bigger defensive backs and he can be that for them or he could switch over to offense and be a big receiver."

In his last two seasons at Sulphur Springs, Jackson has recorded more than 130 tackles, 10 interceptions and 20 pass break-ups. During last season's state championship run, he recorded 99 tackles, five interceptions and 10 pass break-ups.

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