Top 2015 LB Excited for Texas Visit

Mesquite Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson talks about visiting the Longhorns for Sophomore Day.

"It was a great feeling that they thought I was one of the top players in Texas," Malik Jefferson said of his Sophomore Day invite.

Jefferson — likely the top linebacker to emerge in the state to this point — has already been offered by Ole Miss and Oklahoma, two programs that he feels are really strong. Jefferson noted that Oklahoma had "some of the same issues" as Texas, in terms of being a power program trying to regain its perch, while he said Ole Miss was a program on the rise.

But at the same time, he said that the Longhorns would likely be one of his top choices through the recruiting process.

"I really like Texas," Jefferson said. "They've always been a dream school for me. They'll be one of my top picks when I start to figure that out."

Jefferson said he followed along when the Longhorns won the BCS National Title, and said that he was a Vince Young fan.

At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds already, Jefferson figures to collect offers from across the country at linebacker. But he said that he'll actually be playing tight end a bit more as part of Poteet's offense this year.

"I just want to run and catch the ball again and score," Jefferson said, laughing.

But at the same time, Jefferson knows where his bread is buttered. Jefferson is a nasty and athletic linebacker with sideline-to-sideline range who can project to all three spots.

"I feel like I'm a playmaker," Jefferson said. "I like to make plays … but I don't want to be a guy who just makes plays in [big] situations. I want to make plays every play. I want to treat every play like it's an important play.

With plenty of time before his decision, Jefferson said he just wanted to "feel like I can be comfortable" at Texas with his first visit there.

"I've been around the town a lot, even around the school," Jefferson said. "I'm just really excited to see everything and see how I fit in."

Jefferson will be visiting with his friend, Deandre McNeal, a 2015 wide receiver prospect from Poteet. Jefferson said that when he makes a decision, he'll be looking primarily at education, then also looking at how he stacks up with the position group already on campus.

"I want to get out on the field and play immediately," Jefferson said.


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