That looks like a happy Malik Jefferson.
He has good reason to be happy. Things have been going pretty well for him. The #1 OLB prospect in the country and the #1 recruit in the state of Texas is fresh off an Opening performance in Oregon where he clocked a 4.38 40, had a 4.19 shuttle time and uncorked a 39.6 inch vertical leap. Those numbers would rock the NFL combine, but 6-2, 215 pound Malik is headed to...his senior year of high school. Malik is a good student from a two parent household, to boot.
According to the DMN, Charlie Strong made up some ground and possibly even put Texas into the lead for the young man's services:
- I like our position with him. Family-oriented, legit student, thoughtful. Charlie knows that this is a Derrick Brooks type of athlete. He's got the focus on.
- Stanford and UCLA as OOS options in any legitimate student-athlete's Top Five is cause for concern on one level given the academic profile and campus environments, but it's incredibly good news for UT with respect to a level playing field. Certainly better news than if the OOS competition were LSU and Auburn. Capisce? I think you do.
- He Tweeted very positively about Strong's recent discipline purge.
- My gut says it's Texas #1 in-state option vs. OOS options. Baylor and A&M fighting to get in.