It wasn't always this way for Texas. Once upon a time, five-star recruits flocked to Austin. The program recruited itself.
But with programs like TCU and Baylor emerging as in-state powers, that's not the case anymore. That makes Charlie Strong's signing of blue-chip linebacker Malik Jefferson all the more meaningful.
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Jefferson, who said he chose Texas during a meditation session two days before his commitment, isn’t running from expectations. He said his goal is to be Big 12 freshman of the year.
Initially, Jefferson said he didn’t think it was a good idea to graduate from high school in Mesquite, Texas, a semester early and enroll at Texas in January but is now glad he has a leg up on getting acclimated to college football.
“My father influenced me to do it. I wanted to stay in high school and enjoy it but you have to grow up faster than most kids,” he told For The Win. “My family told me never act the age you are. I knew coming in as a freshman in the spring, I had to act older. I had to grow up faster. That’s part of the whole process.”