Junior to Watch: Jeffery Jack
School: Houston Madison
Size and speed: Jack is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds and has been timed by his coach at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He has a 275-pound bench-press, 345-pound squat and a 35-inch vertical leap. He currently holds a 2.8 grade-point average.
Honors: Jack earned all-district honors as a junior and a sophomore.
Statistics: Jack had 36 solo tackles, 15 assists, three interceptions, two caused fumbles, one blocked kick and a touchdown as a junior.
Favorite Schools: Jack lists Texas A&M, Texas, LSU, Tennessee and Missouri as his top teams. He said he has one scholarship offer from Texas A&M.
Skinny: Year in and year out, Houston Madison is one of the top talent producing schools in the state of Texas. Next in line for the Class of 2004, is speedy cornerback Jeffery Jack.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback has already earned one scholarship offer and is looking for many more.
“I like to get in the man’s face and hold them one-on-one,” Jack said. “I don’t let the guy get out of sight. I really didn’t get challenged much last season, but our coaches aren’t afraid the put the corners out there all by themselves and let the rest of the defense crowd the line. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
It sounds like Jack has the perfect cornerback mentality.
“You have to,” he said. “You have to think that you’re the best guy on the field and go out there and do your job on every play.”
And it’s one play from 2002 that highlights Jack’s playmaking ability.
Against Aldine, the opposing offense drove the ball all the way to the 1-yard line. Aldine attempted to jam the ball in off tackle and everybody sort of ganged up and tried to take the running back down at the line of scrimmage. Some how Jack got into the middle of the scrum and then came away with the football – 99 yards later he was celebrating in the end zone.
“It was just sort of there in his hands, so I took it,” Jack said with a sly laugh. “I just took it and ran the other way. Nobody even got close to me.”
When it comes to the recruiting process, Jack said he’s not really close to making a decision. He is happy with his first offer from Texas A&M, but is hoping to get even more here in the May evaluation period from teams like Texas, LSU, Tennessee and Missouri.
“The A&M offer came last Tuesday,” he said. “That’s a pretty good offer. I’m thinking about going there, but I’m still keeping an open mind and looking at the other schools. I would kind of like to wait and see how things go in May and then take some official visits.”
What about the other schools?
“A Texas coach told my coach that they’re going to have Mack Brown call me here this weekend,” Jack said.
“I was told that’s a good sign that you’re probably going to get an offer. I was talking tonight to the Missouri coaches, too. They were asking about how I was doing in the class room and talking about how neat their campus is.”