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4-star LB Dontavious Jackson to take unofficial visit to Texas

A tentative trip to Austin is now locked in for the 2016 Under Armour All-American.

Dontavious Jackson
Dontavious Jackson
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The quest to finish strong with several prospects from the Houston area received a boost on Sunday morning, as a report from ESPN's Gerry Hamilton indicates that Alief Elisk linebacker Dontavious Jackson will take an unofficial visit to see the Texas Longhorns next weekend.

Set to decide on National Signing Day, Jackson took an official visit to Alabama this weekend after visiting Florida last weekend. Now finished with his official visits, the 6'2, 239-pounder will hear the final recruiting pitch from Texas before deciding among his five finalists -- Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, and Texas.

Jackson also took an official visit to UCLA, but the Bruins are no longer under consideration.

Depending on how things went in Tuscaloosa this weekend, the primary competition for Texas is probably Florida State --  the Seminoles staff feels good about its chances with the consensus four-star prospect and 2016 Under Armour All-American. However, Florida State fans don't feel quite as confident since the 'Noles have traditionally struggled to land top players from the state of Texas. Additionally, Jackson has been a big fan of Texas head coach Charlie Strong and the Longhorns throughout the process.

Since Jackson released his top five schools last Monday, there hasn't been any movement in his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions, as Texas still holds the lead at 73 percent. The Seminoles currently sit at 13 percent.

Jackson has also been part of a group with Aldine Davis linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch that has been discussing playing together at Texas. With fellow Under Armour All-American Jean Delance already committed and Eric Cuffee likely to do so at point before National Signing Day, those developments could tip the scales in favor of the home-state school.

High school teammate Chris Brown, a defensive back, may also be a part of that group and has the Longhorns among his own final three schools. The versatile Elsik product took his official visit to Texas this weekend.

Jackson is ranked as the No. 121 prospect overall, the No. 6 inside linebacker, and the No. 18 prospect in the state of Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Throughout his recruitment, he's accumulated nearly 60 offers.