Instant Analysis: Malik Jefferson to Texas

Landing 5-star OLB Malik Jefferson not only gives Texas an impact player at a position of need with Jordan Hicks moving on, Jefferson gives Texas the in-state seismic boom in recruiting that critics said Charlie Strong sorely needed.

JEFFERSON'S IMPACT ON THE FIELD: The first thing that jumps off the screen when you look at Malik Jefferson's film at Mesquite Poteet is his versatile athletic ability. At 6-2, 215 pounds, with long arms, he has the ability to rush off the edge, shed blocks and make the big play behind the line. Times the snap count well as a rusher, too.

But Jefferson also has the ability to drop into coverage and go stride for stride with big, inside receivers and tight ends down the seam. Jefferson has great speed for his size and closes really well in the open field.

Jefferson can play outside linebacker in a 3-4 and rush the passer. And he can play outside linebacker in a 4-3 and either crowd the line or drop into coverage. Student of the game who processes information quickly and makes decisive moves to the ball.

Very possible that Jefferson is the starter at OLB at Notre Dame next September.

JEFFERSON'S IMPACT OFF THE FIELD: Jefferson is a pied piper type recruit. Don't be surprised if a couple student-athletes currently committed to other programs reconsider and head to Texas.

The critics of Charlie Strong who said he had in-state recruiting problems might want to stay tuned.

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