Aside from attending the ‘Under the Lights’ camp at Texas and visiting Texas A&M earlier this summer, Houston (Texas) Aldine Davis linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch has not been too concerned about the football recruiting process. In fact, the No. 5-ranked outside linebacker in the country said that recruiting was not going to be his focus going into summer.
Instead, his attention was elsewhere.
“I have been going through lots of training. I have been working on everything so that I will be better overall athletically,” McCulloch said. “I’m a faster, stronger and quicker player than I was last year. That’s been my focus, not recruiting.”
But make no mistake, while he has not been focusing on recruiting per se, he is still keeping his eye on the programs that made his initial cut.
So when he checks out Alabama, Michigan, Arkansas, Stanford, LSU, Texas, UCLA, Auburn, Texas A&M, Florida, USC and Houston in person for a visit, or when he turns on the television on Saturdays during the fall, he'll focus on some key aspects that will prove big when decision time comes.
“A team has to have a dominant defense. They have to have the ability to absolutely demolish opponents,” McCulloch said. “Now the offense has to be on point too, but the defense has to be on point.”
McCulloch is a high-energy player, one who really only knows one speed. He’s known for his ability to rush the passer and close on ball carriers with the best in the country.
He also wants to be able to connect with the coaches. So when he sees players make a mistake and get reprimanded, he wants coaches to encourage, not belittle.
“I don’t like when coaches just tear guys down. If I see that, it won’t sit well with me,” McCulloch said. “I understand getting yelled at, or even cursed at too. But I like to see coaches pick their guys back up. Don’t just tear a guy down to the point where he won’t want to compete anymore.”
With McCulloch’s speed and size combination, along with his overall talent, he has the ability to fit into any defensive scheme a team may run. This week marks the start of the player-led practices at Davis, where McCulloch leads the way for the defense and team overall. He mentioned that his expectations for himself and teammates are high.
“I expect us to come to work every day. I expect hard work and don’t slack off,” McCulloch said. “That goes for me, and that’s what I want to see from the team too.”