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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
2015 LB Jefferson hopes to visit OU

By Brandon Chatmon

Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) wasn’t even thinking about playing college football.

That changed after Oklahoma offered the 2015 linebacker in January.

Malik Jefferson
Class of 2015 linebacker Malik Jefferson wants to visit Oklahoma "sooner or later."
“It was my first offer,” Jefferson said. “It felt great. I hadn’t even imagined it could happen. I’d never thought about it, I just went out in played football.”

The Sooners were the first to offer the 6-foot-2, 212-pound linebacker prospect, but 15 schools have followed with offers, including Texas, Ohio State, Michigan, Texas A&M, Baylor and Ole Miss.

“I want to see what the school is like,” Jefferson said of OU. “I will definitely go up there and take a visit. Sooner or later.”

Jefferson is wide open in the process, with plans to take a visit to Norman even though he doesn’t know a lot about the Sooners. He’s going to make a point to learn more about the Big 12 co-champions as he looks to zoom in on some of his college choices during his junior season.

“They’ve been winning championships for a long time,” Jefferson said. “That’s really all I know, because I’ve been an NFL guy, but I’m switching over to a college guy now. I’ve watched them [OU] a little bit, but I watch just watching football, I wasn’t paying attention like I will this year, watching the things they run and the system.”

Linebackers coach Tim Kish has been Jefferson’s primary recruiter for the Sooners and was the one who notified Jefferson’s coach about the junior’s official offer earlier this year.

“I call him when I have time; he’s a good guy, good coach,” Jefferson said of Kish.

Jefferson said location will play a factor in his decision, although “you’ve got to grow up sometime,” yet he doesn’t care what conference he ends up playing in. Denver Broncos’ Pro Bowler and former Texas A&M standout Von Miller is his favorite player and one he feels he is similar to on the field. Jefferson strives to be a complete linebacker who can rush the passer, hold up against the run and hold his own in coverage.

Asked what things he hopes to do well as a linebacker at the collegiate level, Jefferson’s self confidence was on full display.

“Everything,” he said. “If I don’t, that will mean I just have to work a little harder.”