4-STAR LB JEFFREY MCCULLOCH PICKS TEXAS

Scout's top outside linebacker in the state of Texas - 4-star Jeffrey McCulloch of Aldine (Houston) Davis HS - will be a Texas Longhorn.

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The signing of Jeffrey McCulloch (6-3, 225) represents the second year in a row in which Texas and coach Charlie Strong have signed the top outside linebacker in the state after signing Malik Jefferson of Mesquite Poteet in 2015.

Nicknamed "The Shark" in high school, McCulloch has the combination of size and speed to rush the passer or drop into coverage and loves contact. He calls himself a combination of Jadeveon Clowney and Von Miller.

"Von Miller can guard any running back and rush off the edge all day long," McCulloch said. "And Jadeveon Clowney is so aggressive, so I say I'm a mashup of both of them."

McCulloch said he has worked on his footwork so he doesn't get out position, and McCulloch said his instincts allow him to play fast and anticipate where a play is going.

"One thing I do really well is sniff out passes in the flat," McCulloch said. "When I see the quarterback raise his arm, I get out there really quick. My favorite play on the field is playing bandit, and whoever has the ball, I go get 'em. I love, at my position, that I can be as aggressive as I want to be."

McCulloch's mature size will give him the chance to have an immediate impact on the Texas defense as a freshman.

Analysis by Scout's Greg Powers:

McCulloch has plus size and runs well for a linebacker. He is versatile and could probably play inside or outside, but exceled on the edge of the defense in high school. He is very good at shedding blockers and playing in traffic. He is a solid hitter. He needs to become a consistent form tackler instead of lowering his shoulder and trying to deliver a knockout blow. But he is definitely not shy to contact. He has ideal size, big time athletic ability and makes plays. 
Strengths:
Aggressiveness
Hitting Ability
Shedding Ability
Areas to Improve:
Tackling technique
McCulloch By The Numbers:
Scout 300 Ranking: No. 43 
Scout 300 OLB Ranking: No. 3 
Scout OLB Ranking in Texas: No. 1 
Height/Weight: 6-2.5, 225
Verified 40: 4.77
Taylor Gaspar


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