Jefferson Enjoys Texas Stampede

One of the state's top players, 2015 Mesquite Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson took in Texas Stampede Saturday.

"It was fun," Jefferson said. "The bowling part really made it a lot more laid back. I had a great time with everybody."

The bowling recruits and players were split up by position groups, with Jefferson stating that Kendall Thompson was the best bowler of the linebacker group, while recruit Cameron Hampton finished in last. Jefferson said the bowling came as a welcome change of pace from events that he said were very similar to those — tours, eating together — that happened when he was invited on Texas's Sophomore Day.

"It wasn't that different," Jefferson said. "I'm kind of used to going [to Texas]."

So how else did Texas Stampede differ from a Sophomore or Junior day?

"It was nice getting to know the coaches more," Jefferson said. "And I was able to chill back and relax a bit more."

Jefferson spent a lot of his time with Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack — ironically, maybe Jefferson's biggest competition for the No. 1 spot in Texas in the 2015 class — and Longview running back JaMycal Hasty. And he said he was able to continue to form his relationship with Texas linebackers coach Manny Diaz.

"We have a pretty good relationship," Jefferson said. "I think you could call it stellar. It's pretty stellar and strong."

Jefferson is also coming off a recent visit to Texas A&M, his first time in College Station.

"It was fun, too," Jefferson said. "I hadn't ever seen the place. It was my first time, so I was really excited.

"Honestly, it was shocking," Jefferson said. "It didn't think it was going to be that good."

Jefferson said he was really impressed with A&M coach Kevin Sumlin and the Aggie coaching staff.

"It's exciting, just all of the facilities that are being built and stuff like that," Jefferson said.

Jefferson is often mentioned as one of the top, if not the top, players in the 2015 in-state class. And he said that while he notices the accolades, it's important for him to go out, as his dad says, and just prove it on the field.

And that's what Jefferson plans to do. He'll cut back on recruiting and interviews as soon as the pads start popping, though he does plan to make a couple visits for games. As of now though, he said he doesn't have any favorites and plans to go through the process.

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