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Tuesday, March 26, 2013
New offer for rising 2015 LB Jefferson

By Sam Khan Jr.

The first few months of 2013 have been good to Mesquite (Texas) Poteet outside linebacker Malik Jefferson.

The 2015 prospect has seen interest from colleges turn into offers from schools in power conferences. His latest offer came Monday night.

Malik Jefferson
Linebacker Malik Jefferson is attracting a lot of attention for a Class of 2015 player.
Texas A&M became the latest team to jump in the offer pool for Jefferson, offering the 6-foot-2, 212-pound prospect on Monday.

"I had a feeling they were going to jump on me after Texas did," Jefferson said. "You know how it is with that longtime rivalry."

The Longhorns were the first to get Jefferson on campus, hosting him for Texas' inaugural "sophomore day" on March 23. He picked up an offer while there. The Aggies invited the fast-rising Jefferson for its Friday Night Lights practice on April 5, but his track and field schedule might force him to pick a different time to visit.

Jefferson has been in touch with Texas A&M linebackers coach Mark Hagen and so far has a good impression of Hagen.

"Hopefully I can talk to the head coach some time this week. [Hagen] is a very good guy, and a caring guy. They want the best players in the nation, so I respect that and I respect them."

To date, Jefferson has four offers, with Mississippi and Oklahoma being the others to offer. His first varsity season at Poteet was a smashing success as he recorded 105 tackles, 24 for loss, to go with seven sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four blocked kicks.

He'll consult his track schedule before planning any other trips to schools in the near future, but he said he does plan to make a few.

He said his trip to Texas' junior day was a positive one.

"I had a good time and I felt very welcomed," Jefferson said. "I kind of felt at home a little bit, so that will tell you how good it was."