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June 25, 2009
How will twin sister's commit effect Jeffcoat decision?
Jacqueline Jeffcoat, one of the Dallas area's most versatile athletes, has had to answer recruiting questions in two parts for quite some time.
No. 1: Where are you playing in college? No. 2: Where's your brother playing in college?
It's the life of a 6-2 girls basketball major recruit who just so happens to be the twin sister of one of nation's top-ranked football recruits in Jackson Jeffcoat.
Jacqueline made her decision earlier this week, choosing the University of Oklahoma over several Division I universities.
Jacqueline chose OU over TCU, Arizona State, Louisville and Georgia, among others. Playing under Sherri Coale and the OU coaching staff was a top selling point.
"I really like Coach Coale. I feel like she's going to prepare me for the kind of basketball I want to play," Jacqueline said. "She's really smart and knows the game really well."
Jacqueline's father, former Dallas Cowboys all-pro defensive lineman Jim Jeffcoat, said the decision was fairly easy for his daughter following her participation in last week's OU Elite Camp. She officially made the decision on Monday.
"We all know Jacqueline is very athletic, and she's always liked Sherri Coale's coaching and what she stands for," Jim said. "It's a big decision for her, and I think it'll be big for both Jacqueline and Oklahoma."
To put the rumor buzz on ice: Jackson has not committed. The 6-5 star defensive end - who also is a high-level basketball recruit - has several schools on his radar, including LSU, USC, Georgia and Notre Dame. Jackson and Jim currently are in California, as Jackson was a part of the USC Rising Star Camp.
Oklahoma also is on Jackson's list. Texas is another school.
"I think that would be hilarious," Jacqueline said of if her brother chose the Longhorns. "It would make such a commotion with the sports world, but I honestly think it'd be really funny. It wouldn't take a toll on our relationship. He's my best friend. I wouldn't be mad if he came to OU, though."
Jim added: "It is not a package deal, and I've expressed that to everyone. Those who look at it like that could be disappointed. Jacqueline is her own individual, and so is Jackson. We want them to make their own individual decisions."
While Jacqueline's numbers aren't the most appealing - she averaged roughly eight points and eight rebounds a game for Plano West - her intangibles will be the most valuable for the Sooners. Jacqueline possesses an ability to alter the game defensively, and her inside presence gives the Lady Wolves the opportunity to either feed her in the paint or kick out to open guards on the perimeter.
Jacqueline also can shoot from beyond 15 feet, making her a reliable option at the wing. She sees time inside and outside the perimeter for both Plano West and her AAU team, the Fort Worth Frogs. This year, she'll be Plano West's tallest player and will spearhead a frontcourt that also includes Carmen Holcomb and Alexann Yancey.
"I waited and waited [to commit]. I had offers back in the ninth and 10th grade," Jacqueline said. "I feel like it's a relief now. I can now focus on getting better. I can watch the Oklahoma players and see what I'm going to be doing next year.
"I still want to get to state, so I won't be relaxing on my game. But it's a relief I won't have to stress about school. I'm happy."