Jefferson Up To Ten Offers

Mesquite (TX) Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson is arguably the top prospect in Texas for the 2015 class.

Mesquite (TX) Poteet may be home to the top player in Texas for the 2015 class; Malik Jefferson. While the argument can be made whether or not he's the top overall player in the Lone Star state, there isn't much discussion when it comes to naming him the top linebacker prospect.

Jefferson piled up incredible numbers in his first year as a starter for the Pirates; collecting 92 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, seven sacks, five forced fumbles and four blocked kicks. For his efforts the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder was named all-state and all-area.

The rising linebacker already holds an impressive list of offers to choose from; Texas, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Baylor, Cal, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Texas Tech have all extended offers.

He added his tenth offer on Tuesday when TCU decided to throw their name into the mix. For Jefferson, receiving an offer from TCU was big because now he has an offer from all of the BCS programs in Texas.

"It was a big one, that was basically the last school in Texas that I got an offer from," Jefferson said. "It was a big honor; I like TCU."

Jefferson attended a Horned Frog mini-camp last summer and feels that's when he made his impression. Even so, he sometimes wondered if they would come into the picture with an offer.

"I went to their camp last year, I think that's why they know me," he said. "I didn't know if they had interest in me or not because I had heard from the other Texas schools and really hadn't heard from them. It was a surprise but not a surprise at the same time."

As a linebacker, Jefferson obviously pays close attention to a program's defensive scheme. He admits it's a positive that TCU head coach Gary Patterson is a defensive-minded coach.

"I keep a close eye on their defense and the defensive formations," he said. "I like a defensive head coach because I think defense is more important than offense. That's a good thing."

Several schools have stopped by Poteet this week to check out Jefferson, so many that he has a hard time remembering all of them. He does recall that TCU, A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Boise State and some smaller FBS schools have stopped by.

Jefferson's most recent visit was to Texas for the Longhorn's sophomore day. It's been well documented that Jefferson grew up a Longhorn fan, but does that necessarily make them the leader?

"Everybody asks me this question but I'm keeping them even with every other school I'm being heavily recruited by," Jefferson said of Texas. "They were one of my favorite schools growing up but now it's at a mature standpoint that they're just like every other school that has to be evaluated to make sure it's the school I need to be at."

What is he looking for the most in a program?

"I'm looking at position and who is going to be there," he said. "Can I come in and work my tail off and battle for a position. I'm also looking hard at education."

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