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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Longhorns offer 2015 LB Jefferson

By Max Olson

Mesquite (Texas) Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson went into Texas sophomore day knowing his chances of leaving with a Texas offer were pretty good.

He was right.

Still, the coveted 6-foot-2, 212-pound linebacker found it would require some waiting first. He didn’t get called into Mack Brown’s office until the afternoon, when the head coach pulled in out of a defensive meeting.

“Oh man, Mack Brown is an amazing head coach and it was really an honor,” Jefferson said. “I shook his hand a million times. I shook it with gratitude, because I was really honored to be there.”

Jefferson already held offers from Oklahoma and Ole Miss, but one from the Longhorns was a big deal to him.

Is Texas on top for Jefferson after this visit? He won’t say. But the visit was a difference-maker.

“It’s a big offer,” he said. “They’re definitely moving up. That’s all I can say right now. I can’t say who is No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3, but I can tell you Texas made a big impact on that list.”

Jefferson had a feeling that offer might come when he arrived on campus and everyone – coaches and recruits included – knew his name. He said it was actually Manny Diaz’s son who broke the news to him that an offer was coming later in the day.

Diaz, the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, made a strong impression on Jefferson throughout the day.

“He’s a very nice guy, very energetic and a good father figure,” Jefferson said. “I was a pleasure to be around him. He’s coached some good players and he’s ready to go.”

Brown urged Jefferson to take his time and weigh all his options, but also to not forget that Texas was one of the first to show strong interest and offer.

He’s in no hurry to make a decision – that will likely come next year as his senior year approaches – but Jefferson was proud to be a part of the Longhorns’ first Sophomore Day and went home happy.

“It went well. Really well,” he said. “Everybody felt like they were comfortable and we had a good time. It was pretty cool to be at the first one.”