High School: Jackson Jeffcoat

Jeffcoat heads area all-star delegation

April, 29, 2010
Plano West defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat heads a list of area players selected for this summer’s Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game in San Antonio.

Jeffcoat is a University of Texas signee rated the No. 2 prospect nationally by ESPNU. He will play for the North All-Stars.

The North’s offense will feature Denton Ryan quarterback Scotty Young (Texas Tech) throwing to, among others, DeSoto’s Darius Terrell (Texas) and Cedar Hill’s John Coleman (Kilgore).

Selection process for the game is weighted so all state classifications are represented.

Other area players: Cameron Allerheiligen, QB, Keller; Blake Dunham, LB, Argyle; Randall Joyner, S, Carrollton Newman Smith; Cy Wilson, ILB, Aledo; Jarman Johnson, CB, Pilot Point; Michael Odiari, ILB, Hebron; Jackson Richards, DE, Southlake Carroll; O’Chea Thomas, C, Rowlett; Javius Townsend, OL, Dallas Madison; Isikeli Cocker, OL, Euless Trinity; Grant Pierce, K-P, Plano.

Coach of the North is Brownwood coach Bob Shipley, formerly coach at Coppell.

Tanner Milson of Cedar Hill will be joined by Brandon Jefferson of Lewisville and Travis Dykman of Crandall as area members of the North All-Star basketball team.

Coppell's Brad Chasteen will coach the North.

The all-star games are held in conjunction with the annual convention of the Texas High School Coaches Association.

The basketball game will be played on Monday, July 19 and the football game follows on the next evening at the Alamodome.

Smart outduels Jeffcoat; Marcus advances

March, 6, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -- On his birthday, Flower Mound Marcus forward Marcus Smart gave his teammates a present.

The sophomore played his best game of the playoffs, fighting through the physical defense of Plano West's Jackson Jeffcoat in leading Marcus to a 49-44 win over West on Saturday at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center in the Class 5A Region I final.

"Marcus is as great a competitor as Jackson Jeffcoat," said Marcus coach Danny Henderson. "Those are two warriors going at each other there. Those are two great high school basketball players."

After struggling at times Friday against Arlington Bowie, Smart rebounded by scoring a team-high 17 points while adding 11 rebounds and seven assists. And he did so with the nation's top defensive end on his back.

Smart and Jeffcoat battled in the paint, and Jeffcoat sent Smart crashing to the floor on numerous occasions. Jeffcoat had a brilliant performance himself, scoring a game-high 22 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

"Jeffcoat -- that's a man-child down there," Smart said. "Once he gets you, pretty much it's all over. You have to do your work early. Even when you do your work early, it's still hard to fight that monster. He's a great player. There's nothing you can do against a great player like that."

Marcus led 24-17 at halftime, but Jeffcoat willed his team back into the game to start the third quarter. West opened the second half with a 10-0 run and Jeffcoat scored 10 points in the third quarter alone.

Marcus began to creep ahead in the fourth quarter. Up by two, Thomas Netsch and Jason Semien scored to extend Marcus' lead, and West had three straight possessions end with missed shots and Marcus rebounds.

Down by three in the final minute, West had a shot to tie to the score, but Marcus defenders swarmed Jeffcoat and stripped the ball from him. Phil Forte free throws clinched the win for Marcus.

West head coach Anthony Morgan pointed to two key plays by Smart. The sophomore closed the first half by hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Marcus a seven-point halftime lead. Smart also hit a jumper at the buzzer at the end of the third quarter that gave Marcus a two-point lead heading into the fourth.

"That's five points. There it is," Morgan said pointing to the scoreboard showing his team lost by five.

Early setbacks didn't hinder Plano West

March, 4, 2010
Plano West’s season began with a series of unfortunate breaks.

Transfer guard Bakari Turner and 7-foot center Ivan Rangel were lost before they even played a game because of eligibility and injury, respectively.

That didn’t stop West from having a banner year though as the Wolves have gone farther in the playoffs than they have in school history.

They play North Crowley in the Class 5A Region I semifinals at 8 p.m. Friday at Fort Worth’s Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center.

“We’re pretty excited about that here,” said West head coach Anthony Morgan, who has gone farther in the playoffs in his career this year.

Morgan credited the assistant coaches throughout the program for overcoming those losses. Guard Deshon Portley emerged as the team’s leading scorer after playing mostly on the junior varsity team last year, and numerous others stepped up to fill out a roster whose only returning starter – Jackson Jeffcoat – was on the football field when basketball season began.

“My coaching staff did a real good job preparing our younger kids,” Morgan said. “Coach [Nathan] Leraas and coach [Derrick] Richardson really prepared our JV group and we filled a lot of holes. We lost six seniors last year.”

West (24-8) nearly coughed up its season against Lewisville on Monday. After trailing most of the game, Lewisville stormed back to take a lead with 4.9 seconds left in the game.

The Wolves managed to tie it when Lewisville accidentally fouled West on the final play. West took an early lead in overtime and coasted to a 69-65 win.

Jackson Jeffcoat commits to Texas

January, 29, 2010
Plano West defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, the No. 2 overall recruit in the country on the ESPNU 150 rankings, has committed to the Texas Longhorns. His other finalists were Oklahoma and Houston.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Jeffcoat, the son of former Dallas Cowboys player Jim Jeffcoat, had 68.5 tackles, 8.5 sacks and two interceptions as a senior. He was named to the First-Team Class 5A All-State team and was the defensive player of the year in District 8-5A.

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Jeffcoat to make choice on Friday

January, 28, 2010
Plano West defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, the nation's No. 2 recruit on the ESPNU 150, will make his commitment public during a news conference at 10 A.M. Friday at Plano West High School, ESPN's Gerry Hamilton has reported.

Jeffcoat, who had 68.5 tackles, 8.5 sacks and two interceptions as a senior, has narrowed his finalists to three schools: Texas, Oklahoma and Houston. Arizona State, which had also been on his list, didn't make the cut, as did USC and Florida.

Jeffcoat, a five-star talent, was named to the First-Team Class 5A All-State team and was the defensive player of the year in District 8-5A.