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Texas makes up ground with 4-star DE Mark Jackson

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The visit could prove crucial for the Longhorns ahead of an upcoming decision from the productive pass rusher.

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The Texas Longhorns made up ground with Cibolo Steele defensive end Mark Jackson over the weekend, according to Football Brainiacs.

The consensus four-star prospect visited Austin with his mother for the first time and plans on making a decision between the Longhorns, Oklahoma Sooners, and Texas A&M Aggies in the coming weeks.

So the visit came at a crucial time for head coach Charlie Strong and his staff, as Jackson said last weekend that Texas trailed Oklahoma and Texas A&M. However, Jackson did show up at the Nike Opening Regional Charlotte wearing Longhorns shorts.

Texas still trails Oklahoma and Texas A&M in the Crystal Ball for the 6'3, 225-pounder, with the two most recent predictions coming in for the Aggies:

What makes Jackson the No. 10 weakside defensive end in the 247Sports Composite rankings? In part, it was a productive junior season that saw Jackson earn District 25-6A Defensive MVP honors after he recorded 29 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and five forced fumbles.

Though 2015 signee Breckyn Hager could end up playing the Fox position, the Horns didn't sign a high-level prospect to play that critical role in head coach Charlie Strong's defense and Jackson's skill set is a perfect fit to play the Fox end, making him an important target in the 2016 recruiting class.