North Texas Takes First Houston Weekend Commitment, Evan Jackson Safety

North Texas made the first commitment of what is expected to be a busy weekend on the recruiting front on Sunday afternoon when Galena Park North Shore guard Evan Jackson announced his decision to play for Mean Green.

Jackson posted a simple message on his Twitter account. “DONE!!!,” Jackson wrote.

The 6-foot and 170-pound senior is a highly regarded prospect that Marshall has also offered, as well as a variety of schools that play at the divisional football championship level.

Jackson attended the UNT this weekend.

North Shore was among the top teams in the state last season. The Mustangs lost to Duncanville in the Class 6A Division I state title game.

During the season, Jackson played numerous big games for the North Shore, including returning a 72-yard punt for a touchdown against Austin Westlake.

He was selected to the All-District 21-6A First Team as a safety and recovery specialist.

UNT invited Jackson to return on January 3. Jackson was hired by a new UNT safety coach, Clay Jennings.

The Mean Greens are moving to a 3-3-5 system under new defensive coordinator Matt Caponi and have lost several key members of their secondary system, including Sean-Thomas Faulker and Quinn Whitlock, to the release.

Whitlock played the role of a hybrid linebacker and safety eagle in former coordinator Phil Bennett’s system.

UNT hired Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Damon Youngblood mid-term as he looks to rebuild the back of his defense.

Jackson is one of the few players that UNT paid an official visit over the weekend. Eric Morris staff indicated on Twitter that Mean Green had several players from this group.

Stay tuned tonight as the players announce their decisions.

BRETT VITO can be contacted at 940-566-6870 and on Twitter at @brettvito.

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