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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Texas gets good news about touted recruit

By David Ubben

Texas just finished signing its 2011 class, but a year and a few days later, its 2010 class is finally complete.

Tevin Jackson has been cleared by the NCAA and can enroll at the University of Texas in June.

Jackson came to UT as the nation's No. 6 linebacker and No. 86 overall recruit, but missed all of last season because of an issue with his high school transcript.

You might remember him from our look back at the ESPNU 150 signees across the Big 12. He was one of a staggering 15 for the Longhorns from their 2010 class.

According to a report in the Austin American-Statesman, Jackson received the news after his high school coach got a call from Texas' co-offensive coordinator, Major Applewhite.

"He just sat down. It was a feeling of disbelief, excitement, and relief all rolled into one," the coach told the paper. "Then he gave me a big hug. He had tears in his eyes."

The Garland, Texas native is 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, and made 198 tackles and 19 sacks over his final three seasons. He committed to the Longhorns in February of his junior year, so it's been a long wait, but Jackson will finally get his chance.

"We're really excited to have Tevin back," coach Mack Brown said. "He's a tremendous young man. We can't wait to get a chance to coach and work with. We appreciate his patience and commitment to handling this issue and are really looking forward to his arrival in June."

Here's what our ESPN scouts had to say about him:

"Jackson has great physical tools and some of the better vertical attacking skills in this linebacker class. A bit of a 'tweener as he lacks stout between-the-tackles run stopping skills and the fluidity you like to see in a true outside 'backer. In our eyes, he projects high as a strongside 'backer with the versatility to play inside, particularly with added size, strength and improved leverage."