He’d just spent the last couple of hours on that very field working out in front of Texas’ coaching staff and it felt natural.
Maybe, just maybe he’ll play there as a member of the home team one day, he though.
“The field is beautiful,” he said. “I see all the names [retired on the wall] and just wish I could be one of them. It was very exciting. It felt like it was a Saturday night game going against, who knows, A&M.”
Jackson gave the visit an “eight” overall but said he would have given it a 10 had he gotten an offer. As it turns out, there weren’t any given during the camp.
“Coach BJ [linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary] told me we would be in contact soon,” Jackson said. “I was kind of disappointed I didn’t get the offer of course. But you know how that goes. I heard Charlie Strong doesn’t give early offers so I wasn’t too disappointed. So he just told me to stay in contact and just be patient.”
Jackson, the No. 4 middle linebacker in 2016, already has offers from Houston, Louisville, and Oklahoma State. Should he get that offer he said Texas would be sitting pretty with him.
“Definitely top four,” he said. “I don’t have an exact spot but they would definitely be top four.”
Jackson said he didn’t do anything to hurt his odds of getting an offer but did say he could have done better.
“I made a couple of mistakes with my feet,” he said. “My cleats were bad. I should have used my other cleats.”
Jackson hopes to make it back for a game this fall.
Up next: an unofficial to Texas A&M on Aug. 3.
Four-star linebacker Dontavious Jackson (Houston/Alief Elsik) was walking off the field at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium late Friday and stopped one last time for a moment of reflection.
Dontavious Jackson didn't get offered but said he really enjoyed his time at Texas on Friday