Texas head coach Charlie Strong’s weekend got off to the right start on Friday morning.
Mesquite Poteet (Mesquite, Texas) five-star linebacker Malik Jefferson chose the Longhorns over Texas A&M, and UCLA.
Jefferson’s teammate, Deandre McNeil, decided to join Texas as well over the likes of Texas A&M, Alabama, and UCLA.
Texas A&M was expected to be the landing spot for Jefferson, but rumors surfaced that the void and uncertainty regarding who was going to be the next defensive coordinator for the Aggies steered Jefferson in another direction.
According to Rivals.com, Jefferson is the No. 22 ranked overall player in the country and the No. 1 ranked linebacker as well.
Although Texas struggled this season, Strong has a proven track record on the recruiting trail. From his time as a defensive coordinator at Florida to his stint as head coach at Louisville, Strong proved to be a relentless recruiter. At Louisville, he convinced quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to spurn his hometown team, the Miami Hurricanes, and also chose the Cardinals over Florida and LSU.
The Longhorns still have some key targets in play, including five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack.
As for the Aggies, the loss of Jefferson to the Longhorns has to sting. A&M has many dynamic playmakers on offense but are trying to solidify talent on the defensive side of the ball. Sumlin has proven he can attract highly-ranked defensive players to the program after he landed Myles Garrett, and a good amount of four-star prospects as well.
However, if the Aggies want to compete for SEC championships year in and year out, they will have to start playing better on defense, and that starts with recruiting.
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