The future of Texas Longhorn football is a lot brighter after Friday on the news that five-star linebacker, Malik Jefferson, would commit to the University of Texas.
The announcement came during a ceremony Friday morning, where Jefferson’s teammate, four-star wide receiver DeAndre McNeal, also committed to the burnt orange of Texas.
— Orangebloods.com (@OBWire) December 19, 2014
Jefferson’s ability isn’t a question, but his size does raise concerns about his future physical development. Via SB Nation,
One of the concerns that does exist, however, concerns his frame. Though Jefferson is 6’2 and 215 pounds, he doesn’t have the ideal wide shoulders of many other top outside linebacker prospects, something that could limit his physical development.
The other concern is that Jefferson is almost exclusively a downhill player against the run and pass in high school. This means that he doesn’t appear to have a great deal of experience in coverage, based on his high school film.
247Sports Composite rankings have Jefferson listed as the 13th best player nationally and the #1 overall linebacker in the country. As a senior for the Poteet High School Pirates, Jefferson tallied 81 tackles (16 for losses) and six sacks, on his way to winning the 2014 High School Butkus Award.
Jefferson will enroll in January 2015.