Four-star OLB Jeffrey McCulloch talks about signing with the Longhorns

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If you thought you were feeling pressure when it came time for four-star Under Armour All-American linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch to make his decision on national signing day, just imagine how he was feeling in that moment.

"I feel like an elephant jumped off my chest," McCulloch said. "It was very fun during the process. But, as everyone says I'm so sure, when it got down to actually making that final decision it got really stressful." 

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McCulloch told HornsDigest that he actually didn't know that he was going to pick the Longhorns over Texas A&M, Stanford, and Notre Dame until late Tuesday.

"I just sat down with my parents and talked it through and decided that Texas was the best place for me." 

By doing so he helped vault the Longhorns up the Scout.com Class Rankings where UT ultimately finished No. 8 overall, which was the highest rated class in the state and the Big 12 by eight spots [TCU].

Now that the decision is over with and he's put pen to national letter of intent, McCulloch is ready to go to work. He thinks big things are in store for the Longhorns in 2016. Real big things. 

"I think we will do it this year to be honest," he said. "We are dogs. That hunger we have on this team I think that we will take over the Big 12 this year. We will beat everybody and end up in the College Football Playoffs."

He'll join one of the best young group of linebackers in the country led by reigning Big 12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year. 

"He's a brother off the field," McCullioch said. "On the field it's all about business. We are all about winning games. We are going to do what we need to mentally and physically to go out and win games on Saturday's." 

Where exactly will he play? McCulloch is listed as the top OLB in the state on Scout.com [No. 3 nationally] but tells HD that the coaching staff is open to him trying all LB positions once he gets down to Texas in a few months. He doesn't have a preference where he plays.

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