Elite 2026 WR Jabari Mack names Texas among top schools

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With the start of spring ball right around the corner, Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian are also busy on the recruiting trail, scheduling visits for the next couple of months. Spring visit season will see some of the top recruits and targets for Texas from the 2025 and 2026 classes visit the Forty Acres between mid-March and late April.

Texas football among the schools setting the pace for 2026 WR target Jabari Mack

A top out-of-state wideout early in the 2026 cycle for the Longhorns that could visit Austin this spring is the elite high-four-star Destrehan (LA) receiver Jabari Mack. The No. 1 wide receiver recruit in Louisiana in the 2026 class in the 247Sports Composite and On3 Industry Ranking was a key early target at the position for the Longhorns in this cycle.

Texas was one of the first big Power Five programs to offer Mack last summer. He received the Texas offer on the week that he attended the Texas Elite Camp in June.

Since Texas offered him last summer, Mack's relationships with the Longhorns coaches have continued to grow. He's in consistent communication with Texas cornerbacks coach Terry Joseph, who has strong connections in the state of Louisiana.

Joseph visited Mack at Destrehan a couple of months ago. And it sounds like Mack could be returning to Texas soon. He told 247Sports during the Battle 7v7 New Orleans event last weekend that he wants to visit Austin to see the Longhorns and Eugene to see the Oregon Ducks this spring.

There isn't anything locked in regarding firm visit plans to Texas and/or Oregon this spring. But those two schools are the priorities for him to see this spring.

Texas and Oregon among the top schools for Mack early in his recruitment

Mack also told 247Sports at the Battle 7v7 New Orleans tournament that Texas, Oregon, and the LSU Tigers are his top schools entering the spring. He unofficially visited Baton Rouge to see LSU earlier this offseason.

Texas has been in this recruitment right from the beginning it feels like. Sarkisian and Joseph have done a great job in this recruitment early on, making Texas the presumptive leader among Mack's top schools if one had to be named this spring.

He's also taken multiple successful visits to Austin since he was offered by the Longhorns last summer.

The 6-foot-2 and 190-pound Mack was among the standouts at Battle 7v7 New Orleans last weekend. Multiple highlights of Mack show him running clean routes and bringing down impressive contested catches on deep balls on the boundary at the event over the weekend in NOLA.

Mack is a speedy and physical wideout who is dangerous playing out of the slot or on the boundary. You can also get him the ball on short passing plays out in space to generate big plays with his speed and elusiveness.

The combination of physical tools, elusiveness, and multiplicity lining up in different wideout spots on offense makes Mack an ideal fit in Sarkisian's offense.

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