Welcome to Digest'Em, LonghornDigest's weekly notebook of Longhorn-related recruiting news from over the weekend. We'll release this every Monday. Talk about it in our forum and, if there's a recruit out there you'd like to hear more from, let us know.

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Jefferson loves Texas visit

4-star DB has UT in top 3

Former Ole Miss commit visits UT

Mbanasor leaves without offer

2016 QB ready to take off

Uluocha setting up visit

Jefferson loves Texas visit

The Longhorns had a huge visitor list on Saturday for the first full-pad practice of the spring. And nobody on that list was a bigger target than Malik Jefferson, the five-star linebacker out of Mesquite Poteet and the consensus — per both Scout.com and LonghornDigest.com — No. 1 player in the state.

Many people felt like the Longhorns had fallen off with the deadly 220-pound pass-rusher, a key target in a class with the Longhorns slated to lose a ton of experienced 'backers to graduation. But Jefferson told LonghornDigest.com that that was blown out of proportion.

"(I've) always given Texas a chance," Jefferson said.

Having said that, Jefferson was also quick to admit that the Longhorns did themselves a favor this weekend, responding that getting to know the new staff was a nice checkmark in the Texas column. He was especially complimentary of linebacker coach Brian Jean-Mary.

"Very hyped," Jefferson said, laughing. "I like it."

Overall, Jefferson said that the No. 1 thing that stood out to him about the visit was "the energy," a major plus for the dynamic playmaker.

Jefferson was quick to note that he doesn't have any favorites, and he doesn't know when he's going to make his decision. But he said that Texas helped itself with his experience this weekend.

"It was good," Jefferson said, "I really enjoyed myself."

While Jefferson will make his own decision, it also doesn't hurt that he's tight with Rockwall-Heath safety and recent Texas commitment DeShon Elliott, who he's known since Pee Wee football. (Flaherty)

4-star DB has UT in top 3

Four-star safety Roney Elam (Newton, Texas/Newton) made the drive to Austin on Saturday and came away so impressed that Texas is now one of his favorite schools.

"They are in my top schools along with LSU and Texas A&M," said Elam, the No. 18 safety in the country.

Elam played quarterback and defensive back for Newton in 2013, throwing for 937 yards, 11 touchdowns, and six interceptions for a run-heavy offense. He ran for 437 yards and five scores, while picking off five passes and forcing one fumble on defense.

He'll definitely play on the defensive side of the ball in college, which is why he spent all of practice watching Texas defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn.

"I liked the way he was coaching," Elam said. "He really let the players know what they were doing and if they needed help, he helped them fix it."

Elam also came away impressed with the energy of practice.

"I liked how live the coaches were," he said. "The energy was really intense, real intense."

In addition to Texas, Elam has offers from Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.

He'll visit Texas A&M on March 29 and then LSU on April 5.

Elam stressed that he was going to take his time with things, and doesn't anticipate a commitment coming anytime soon. (Wilkerson)

Former Ole Miss commit visits UT

The recruitment of 2015 cornerback Jaylon Lane (Nacogdoches, Texas/Nacogdoches) has really taken off this week after his decommitment from Ole Miss.

One of the schools that jumped into the mix was Texas, though, communication between the two sides started a few weeks ago.

"They started contacting me a few weeks ago," he said. "They said they were still in the evaluation process because of the new staff but they are going to evaluate me this spring, and once that happens they are going to offer."

Lane decided to get a first-hand look at the Longhorns on Saturday and came away really impressed with new defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn.

"He's a great DB coach," he said. "After the practice was over my family and I talked with him for an hour. I could definitely see myself being a part of that family.

"I love how Coach Vaughn kept the energy up the whole time. That's the way I like to be coached. He was really upfront with me and the expectations he has for me. He wants me to be a better man than a football player."

Even though their relationship is just starting to heat up, Lane is confident that an offer from Texas is going to come soon.

"I believe it's going to happen as soon as he goes down to visit," he said. "They would definitely be in my top five schools, no doubt."

In addition to Texas, Lane also feels like he'll soon get offers from Arkansas, Louisville and Texas A&M.

"Hopefully Ohio State too," he said.

One of the reasons these schools are showing interest is Lane's size for a cornerback. He's 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds. That was definitely something that stood out to Vaughn.

"He said there aren't a lot of corners you can find like me," he said. "He said my technique at corner should keep me there. But he said he could move me to safety. I think they'll use me at both free safety or corner."(Wilkerson)

Mbanasor leaves without offer

One of the more interesting developments this past weekend was that former TCU commitment and Pflugerville Hendrickson standout P.J. Mbanasor visited and left without receiving an offer. The conversation of an offer didn't occur, according to Mbanasor, who said that he was interested to see how this season played out for the Longhorns.

As a 6-foot-2 cornerback, few players have seen their stock explode this spring like Mbanasor, who has collected offers from Arkansas, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and others. His most recent offer came from Longhorn rival Texas A&M just before Mbanasor made the trip.

Texas hasn't exactly been stingy with in-state offers to cornerbacks, extending to players like Houston Lamar's Holton Hill and Fort Bend Ridge Point's Jordan Tolbert earlier at Junior Days. And Mbanasor would seem to be what the staff is looking for in a potential boundary cornerback with his size and physicality.

Mbanasor's recruitment is far from over, as he's expressed an interest to let everything play out and take his official visits this fall. Could Texas get Mbanasor into camp, or fall in love with him this spring? Stay tuned. (Flaherty)

2016 QB ready to take off

If you are making a list of the most intriguing recruits to watch this fall, you'd be wise to include 2016 four-star quarterback Tristen Wallace (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto).

At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Wallace has all the physical tools to be one of the country's top quarterbacks. He just hasn't had a chance to show it yet because he played behind TCU signee Destri White.

His lack of playing time hasn't stopped college coaches from inquiring, including Indiana, who has already offered.

The Longhorns have also struck up conversation, which continued in Austin on Saturday when Wallace and his family showed up to watch practice.

"It went very well," he said. "I talked to Coach [Charlie] Strong a little bit. I didn't get a chance to talk to the quarterbacks coach [Shawn Watson] because he was busy."

Wallace said his conversation with Strong was short and to the point.

"The main thing [Strong] wanted me to do was watch how the coaches interact with players," he said. "We were just talking about the offense, asked how my recruiting was with Mack Brown."

The old staff had really good relationships with DeSoto, which made it easy for them to make a strong impression on Wallace early on. That should help Strong's staff as they try and make gains with this gifted dual-threat.

"Pretty much all my choices are the same," he said. "There aren't any favorites because I still have two more years. I'm not in a rush or anything but I love Texas.

"They want me to come back this summer to camp and then Strong said he was going to come to DeSoto to watch me practice this spring."

This spring has been one that Wallace has looked forward to all his life. And it's one he's been preparing for with quarterbacks coach Brad Frazier every Sunday.

"He's helped me with footwork, throwing motion, different reads I have with DeSoto," he said. "My QB coach at DeSoto talks with him. He's helped with everything."

When you're the starting quarterback at a school like DeSoto, you are preparing for one thing, and one thing only: a state championship.

"The expectations are always high. My aspirations are winning a state championship," he said. "That's everything. That's my goal. That's what I've been working for and that's what my whole team has been working for. That's not going to change. Nobody should ever question that. That's what we are thinking."


Uluocha setting up visit

The defensive line prospect from Stafford is one worth keeping an eye on. At 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds, he's a bit of a 'tweener right now, but Josh Uluocha projects to gain more weight and become a pretty athletic three-technique at the next level.

While Texas currently has offers out to other defensive tackles, there is interest in Uluocha, depending on how he develops. He made it to one of the Longhorns' earlier Junior Days, and really enjoyed the experience. After making a trip to Houston this past weekend, Uluocha is working to set up a visit — likely this week — to see the Longhorns practice.

The new Texas staff has proven to be more patient in letting recruiting play out, and Charlie Strong has said the staff plans to keep a few scholarships in hand for players who develop a bit later in the process. To that end, watch Uluocha, as it wouldn't be surprising to see him play this next season in the 270-275-pound range. Even if he doesn't wind up at Texas, it wouldn't be shocking to see him find a spot on a Big 12 roster somewhere. (Flaherty)

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