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Texas targets Dontavious Jackson, Chris Brown on unofficial visit in Austin


Chris Brown (left) and Dontavious Jackson at Texas last February
Chris Brown (left) and Dontavious Jackson at Texas last February
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While the Texas Longhorns aren't hosting any official visitors on the last weekend before National Signing Day, Alief Elsik teammates Dontavious Jackson and Chris Brown reportedly arrived on Friday night for their key unofficial visits ahead of Wednesday decisions.

On Saturday afternoon, they were feeling that way that you feel when you're in the 512 and it's 73 degrees and perfectly sunny:


Jackson, a 2016 Under Armour All-American linebacker, and Brown, a versatile defensive back prospect, are part of a key Houston contingent that is looking more and more likely to sign with Texas. Aldine Davis linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch and Houston Westside defensive tackle Jordan Elliott are two other key members of that group and both look like virtual Texas locks at this time.

So does Brown, who released a top three of Texas, Florida, and Michigan 10 days ago.

The key visitor to swing is Jackson, who is thought to be seriously considering visiting Florida State after taking an official visit to Tallahassee in October and is being recruited by Tim Brewster, an ace recruiter for the Seminoles with a long history of success landing top prospects from the state of Texas.

Had the Longhorns not been able to get Jackson on campus again for the first time since November, the outlook for landing his signature in several days would have been significantly diminished, especially since he's considered a pretty independent guy willing to go his own way.

However, Jackson is also a longtime Texas fan with a deep appreciation for head coach Charlie Strong and a belief that the Longhorns will get things turned around. And he's now in town.

Strong has some other obligations on Saturday with in-home visits to see LSU defensive end commit Erick Fowler and a trip to Houston scheduled with Elliott, but rest assured that Jackson and Brown will both get some face time with Strong before heading back to Houston on Sunday.

Throw in linebacker Malik Jefferson and there are some closers around, assuming that the weather doesn't do the trick by itself.

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