No Rush

Malik Jefferson

Mesquite, Texas, linebacker Malik Jefferson has quite a bit of time before he has to decide on a school.


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He is a member of the recruiting class of 2015, so there is no rush to narrow things down, to cut his extensive offer sheet to but a select few.

Not to say Jefferson doesn't have a school currently recruiting him the hardest.

Jefferson was in Oxford, Miss., earlier this month for Ole Miss elite camp, where the Rebels invited their top recruits from across the country to campus to participate in a variety of drills: 40-yard dash, shuttle, one-on-one competition and vertical jump.

Jefferson was among them, his first visit to Ole Miss.

"It's a great school," he said. "I know it's a lot of tradition. (Ole Miss linebackers) Coach (Tom) Allen's told me a lot. They're a building program. They've got a whole new staff, and they're coming off a great recruiting class."

Ole Miss signed a consensus top-10 class in February, which featured the top overall prospect in the country, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, as well as a trio of five-star prospects in offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell and safety Antonio Conner.

The haul didn't go unnoticed.

"That's a big momentum, because if they can get guys like that, that means they're doing something good around here," Jefferson said. "It's pretty exciting."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jefferson said Ole Miss has plenty going for it, from its success on the recruiting trail to a five-game improvement in 2012.

Not to mention its aggressive approach in recruiting him. Jefferson said no school has been more persistent than Ole Miss, the Rebels among a group of offers that also includes Texas, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Oregon, Michigan, Mississippi State and many, many more.

"There's a lot - 15, 16," Jefferson said of the schools that have offered, adding that Texas, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Oregon are standing out. "I'm in the early stages right now. I'm just having fun with it."

But while he is receiving no shortage of interest from prospective schools, there is one in particular, LSU, he would like to hear more from.

"It's close, it's an SEC school," Jefferson said. "It's going to be a competition between them and Ole Miss and many more places. We'll see."

Jefferson collected 105 tackles, seven sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four blocked field goals as a sophomore last season for Ralph H Poteet High School. He earned first team 10-4A honors, and he was named sophomore MVP All-District and first team All-State.

As far as recruiting, again, Jefferson is in no hurry. But he has an idea of when he will ultimately make his choice.

"It's going to be the fall of my senior year," he said.

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