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4-star DE Mark Jackson takes unofficial Texas visit

The late surge may help the Longhorns land the needed Fox end in the 2016 class.

Mark Jackson at Texas
Mark Jackson at Texas
via @Jackson111998

A week after the Texas Longhorns received an official visit from Cibolo Steele defensive end Mark Jackson, the talented pass-rusher was in Austin once again Friday before heading to College Station for his official visit with the Texas A&M Aggies, according to ESPN's Gerry Hamilton and multiple other reports.

By all accounts, the 2016 US Army All-American had Texas in third place behind the Aggies and the Oklahoma Sooners prior to his official visit and throughout much of his recruitment, but is clearly much more serious about the Longhorns now after spending time with the 18 official visitors and Waco cornerback Eric Cuffee last weekend.

And though he's still officially committed to head coach Kevin Sumlin and Texas A&M, he no longer indicates that in his Twitter bio.

A planned official visit to Oklahoma still looms for next weekend and it seems likely that Jackson will make a final decision on or near National Signing Day.

The industry believes that a flip to the Longhorns is increasingly possible, at least according to his 247Sports Crystal Ball, which is trending heavily in favor of Texas:

A consensus four-star prospect, Jackson is the No. 200 player overall, the No. 14 weakside defensive end, and the No. 32 player in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

The other major Fox end target for Texas, LSU commit Erick Fowler, was also on campus last weekend and is currently in Baton Rouge for a key visit.