UT signing Jefferson "compares" Tebow Florida impact

UT signing Jefferson "compares" Tebow Florida impact


UT signing Jefferson "compares" Tebow Florida impact


Texas coach Charlie Strong can only hope his early comparison to Mesquite Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson being like a Tim Tebow-like momentum shift with Florida’s 2006 recruiting class which would lead to the Gators’ two national championships with fellow stars Percy Harvin, Brandon Spikes and Riley Cooper.

Jefferson committed to Texas on Dec. 19, his last day of school at Poteet and already is enrolled at Texas. But Jefferson’s personality is as dynamic as his athletic ability and he helped sway a bevy of recruits to sign with Texas on Wednesday. Texas, as usual, is ranked among the nation’s top recruiting classes. Strong will have to see if he can get higher production out of his blue-chips than Mack Brown did in his legacy as Coach February which resulted in a 2006 national title for Texas but a steady decline in recent years.

Strong was optimistic about his signing class which included a midnight call from Aledo receiver Ryan Newsome, who committed to UCLA just a week ago. It was clear in a video made by Newsome’s family how much it wanted Newsome to attend Texas. At his UCLA announcement, Newsome was obviously conflicted and eventually Newsome switched back to Texas after having made a call to Strong at 2:30 a.m. last week saying he was going to Texas before telling UCLA coach Jim Mora at 4 a.m. he was going to UCLA.

The value of NSD2015 is that Newsome is signed at Texas and his most immediate impact will be returning punts and kicks. He is Tim Brown-like there even at 5-9, 165. Newsome, by the way, was second at the state meet in the 100 meters last year to Baylor sensational freshman receiver K.D. Cannon … If you aren’t of a certain age, Brown was a Heisman Trophy winner at Notre Dame from Woodrow Wilson just voted into the NFL Hall of Fame this past weekend. But Brown was a better size 6-0, 195 …

The Texas vs. UCLA Showdown

UCLA got Plano West running back Soso Jamabo with his decision Wednesday .. UCLA coach Jim Mora was at his playoff game vs. Keller at AT&T Stadium … Aledo’s Newsome switched back to Texas after committing to UCLA and Skyline receiver Carlos Strickland signed with Cal (former Texas Tech assistant Sonny Dykes as head coach) after having Texas and UCLA in his finalists.

Look for A&M commitment Thursday?

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin told ESPN-Dallas radio to expect a Class of 2016 “YesSir” maybe very early Thursday .. Sumlin tweets out that #Hashtag to alert TexAgs that a new commitment has been made .. Sumlin also handled well the flirting of Allen quarterback Kyler Murray with Texas and Oklahoma in the last few months after committing last spring to A&M.

“Couple-three teams had a depth-chart which looked better than ours,” Sumlin said. “And (Murray) would be their guy.” A&M returns Kyle Allen at quarterback while Texas and Oklahoma are looking for new quarterbacks. Sumlin said quarterback is always an “open battle” like other positions so as not to rule out Murray’s chances of playing early. The Aggies have serious problems to overcome June 8 when Murray is expected to be a top baseball draft pick and his uncle, Calvin Murray, work with baseball super agent Scott Boras … Kyler Murray is the first high school player to have been selected to play in Under Armour’s football and baseball all-star games. Murray got a hit in the baseball game played at Chicago’s Wrigley Field while taking a quick flight after a August football practice on a Saturday morning …

Why is West Coast recruiting North Texas so well?

Why is UCLA so strong in North Texas? Key assistants Noel Mazzone once was critical TCU assistant with strong relationships in Texas and Adrian Klemm was hired as recruiter extraordinaire from SMU … USC always has increased its Texas presence as well with running backs Aca’cedric Ware of Cedar Hill and McKinney North running back Ronald Jones and the Trojans have targeted North Texas as well with highly visible assistants including Richardson grad and former Oklahoma Sooner Chris Wilson and Clay Helton, the son of former Houston coach Kim Helton. Clay Helton played at Fort Bend Clements.

And for Washington: Huskies coach Chris Peterson was on sidelines as much as any Big 12 coach while he was head coach at Boise State up until a year ago … The SEC thought it would gain huge entrée to the state of Texas with adding A&M but that strategy hasn’t taken root as the Aggies have made a convincing argument to just play at College Station rather than hit the SEC road.

Texas QB prospects reality check

Texas coach Charlie Strong was trying to sell Kai Locksley (son of former New Mexico State coach Mike Locksley) as a quarterback but the 6-3, 185-pound Locksley who ran mostly at quarterback in high school and played receiver in high profile all-star games … Cistercian quarterback Matthew Merrick is a gray-shirt commit for 2016 but the 6-3 Merrick is a fast-improving rollout-quarterback prospect who has worked with QB guru Kevin Murray (Kyler’s dad) after concentrating on youth basketball until the last two years .. Merrick is a terrific athletic who competed in national AAU hoops with the Texas Titans with a roster of Soso Jamabo, Tyler Davis, D.J. Hogg and Mickey Mitchell …


Harvard Men: Parish Episcopal quarterback Tom Stewart and Denton Guyer receiver Adam Scott will be future Crimson teammates along with St. Mark’s tight end Case Brabham 9son of former SMU/NFLer Carey Brabham of Hughes Spring) and Keller Fossil Ridge defensive back Charlie Walker … Former Lake Highlands quarterback Ricky Zorn just finished his Harvard career and his attending NFL combines as a defensive back …

There will be good DFW representation for Harvard-Yale. Yale signed Highland Park lineman Rees Lemay after former Parish Episcopal defensive back Charles Cook graduates with some NFL combine tryouts with three years as a starter … The All-Brainiac MVP: Frisco Liberty QB/ATH Udgam Goyal headed to MIT… Top Bloodline: Highland Park LB Michael Linehan going to Idaho where his dad (Dallas Cowboys play-called Scott Linehan) and uncles played.

Another Jay Ajayi? Boise State signed an unheralded running back out of Frisco Liberty in 2011 and Ajayi turned into one of the best back in the country last season and already opted to enter the NFL draft … Boise State signed similar profiles with Arlington running back Raymond Sheard (6-1, 185) who had 1,505 yards with 17 touchdowns rushing for the Colts …

  • The Most Impact for TCU; Arlington Bowie defensive back Niko Small will be the next where’d he come? Star for the Frogs … Excellent in coverage and ridiculous knack for big plays … Tyrann Mathieu-like
  • Most Impact for SMU: Xavier Castille of Rockwall. Kid’s a kick returner, pass rusher, receiver, running back. He’s not wow at one position but NFL-like versatility for special teams and the right plays, which I believe Chad Morris knows how to run
  • Most Impact for Texas Tech: Donta Thompson of Ennis. A 6-4 receiver who was key to state title run. Needs a little weight/strength but he wins the Dez Bryant-like jump balls
  • Most Impact for Baylor: QB Jarrett Stidham. No matter how optimistic you are, raise the expectations.

2015 Signings

WR Ryan Newsome Aledo Texas

RB Soso Jamabo Plano West UCLA

WR Carlos Strickland Skyline California

LB Malik Jefferson Mesquite Poteet Texas

WR DaMarkus Lodge Cedar Hill Mississippi

OL Maea Teuhema Keller LSU

DL Chris Biggurs Coppell SMU

QB Kyler Murray Allen Texas A&M

DB Bryce Balous McKinney North Oklahoma State

OL JJ Nwigwe Rockwall-Heath BYU

RB Chris Warren Rockwall Texas

QB Jarrett Stidham Stephenville Baylor

RB Ronald Jones McKinney North USC

WR J.F. Thomas South Oak Cliff Texas Tech

DB Antoine Stephens Kimball Oklahoma

OL Dominic Hearne Lancaster Oklahoma

DB Justin Dunning Whitehouse Texas A&M

LB Anthony Wheeler Skyline Texas

ATH Arico Evans Hillcrest TCU

DB Deshon Elliott Rockwall Texas

OL Connor Williams Coppell Texas

DB Larry Pryor Sulphur Springs Texas A&M

LB James Lockhart Ennis Texas A&M

DB Takedrae Williams South Oak Cliff Wisconsin

ATH Deandre McNeal Mesquite Poteet Texas

OL Sam Tecklenburg Plano Baylor

DB Julius Lewis Mansfield TCU

QB Chason Virgil West Mesquite Fresno State

CB Keidrien Wadley Carrollton Ranchview Tulsa

OL Patrick Vahe Euless Trinity Texas

WR Markis McCray Euless Trinity Louisiana Monroe

DB T.J. Kautai Euless Trinity Utah

DB Montrell Wilson Keller Fossil Ridge TCU

DB Kylan KC Johnson Skyline Florida

K Drew Galitz Rowlett Baylor

QB Micah Simon Bishop Dunne BYU

CB Trevor Brent West Mesquite BYU

DT Darrion Daniels Bishop Dunne Oklahoma State

QB Chad President Temple Tulsa

DL Charles Omenihu Rowlett Texas

RB Jordan Stevenson South Oak Cliff Wisconsin

RB J’Mychal Hasty Longview Baylor

DB Prentice McKinney South Oak Cliff Notre Dame

OL Keaton Bates Arlington Lamar SMU

OL Keaton Sutherland Flower Mound Marcus Texas A&M

OL Trevor Elbert Rockwall-Heath Texas A&M

WR Blake Lynch Gilmer Baylor

LB Richard Moore Cedar Hill Texas A&M

QB Justin McMillan Cedar Hill LSU

OL Dalton Montgomery Lake Dallas East Carolina

LB Justin Jinning The Colony, Iowa

DL Kenneth Mann Burleson Oklahoma

RB Aca’cedric Ware Cedar Hill USC

OL Bobby Evans Allen Oklahoma

OL Zach Rogers Hebron Arkansas

DB Josh Butler West Mesquite Michigan State

OL Evan Curl Flower Mound Kansas State

LB Chris Orr DeSoto Wisconsin

DL Tipi Galeai Euless Trinity TCU

ATH Xavier Castille Rockwall SMU

DL Carl Thompson Denton Guyer Rice

OL Madison Akamnonu Arlington Bowie Texas Tech

OL Connor Dyer Mesquite Horn Texas Tech

ATH Jamile Johnson South Oak Cliff Texas Tech

RB Charles West Coppell BYU

LB Semaj Thomas Fort Worth Southwest TCU

LB Angelo Garbutt Hebron Iowa

QB Brett Cox Sachse Lamar

LB Kevin O’Neill Sachse Lamar

WR James Proche DeSoto SMU

WR Jarrison Stewart Mesquite Horn TCU

K Jonthan Song FW All Saints TCU

LB Mike Freeze Bridgeport TCU

WR Jalen Guyton Allen Notre Dame

QB Nathan Elliott Celina North Carolina

DB X’Zavien Ausborne South Oak Cliff Wisconsin

TE Jess Tressell Arlington Martin Central Florida

LB Michael Scott Irving Nimitz SMU

LB Za’Carrius Green Duncanville Oklahoma State

DB Jacob Murray Coppell Northwestern

DB Andy Chelf Southlake Carroll Purdue

OL Zach Abercrumbia Skyline Rice

RB Emmanuel Asukpa Mansfield Rice

ATH Jackson Tyner Edgewood Rice

DB Josh Cummings Jesuit Rice

OL Castin Neumeyer Wylie Rice

QB Bo Schneider Jesuit Central Florida

DB LaDarryl Blair South Oak Cliff Boise State

RB Juwan Washington Kennedale San Diego State

OL Taaj Bakari Mansfield Legacy Oklahoma State

DB E.J. Prather Duncanville Grambling

LB Austin Corbett Plano East SMU

OL Trace Ellison Frisco Centennial Texas Tech

WR Jaelan Austin South Grand Prairie TCU

WR Donta Thompson Ennis Texas Tech

LB/RB Nick Ralston Argyle Arizona State

DT Bryce English DeSoto Kansas State

OL Beau Hott Plano New Mexico

DB Akile Davis DeSoto BYU

OL Clayton Woods Highland Park UTSA

DE King Newton Southlake Carroll UTSA

DE Joshua Tauaefa Lake Dallas UTSA

DE Baylen Baker Wylie UTSA

ATH Tony Nicholson South Grand Prairie Baylor

DB Omar Hicks-Onu Hebron Oregon State

LB Landis Durham Plano East Texas A&M

WR Kevin Thomas DeSoto SMU

WR Alex Honey Denton Guyer SMU

WR Lamont Johnson South Oak Cliff SMU

QB Tom Stewart Parish Episcopal Harvard

WR Adam Scott Denton Guyer Harvard

RB Anthony Taylor Denton Guyer Texas State

DT Dustin McWhorter Graham Texas State

WR Emmanuel Ogwo Mesquite Horn Iowa

DT Joseph Broadnax Bryan Adams TCU

WR Akilian Butler West Mesquite Boise State

RB Rawleigh Williams Bishop Lynch Arkansas

RB Jatory Sparks-Brown DeSoto San Diego State

WR Darrion Flowers Arlington Sam Houston TCU

LB Justice Williams Frisco Wakeland Illinois

LB Delontae Scott Irving Nimitz SMU

DB David Richardson II Rockwall-Heath Tulsa

LB Trevis Gibson Cedar Hill Tulsa

DE TJ King Irving MacArthur UTSA

LB Michael Lineham Highland Park Idaho

OL Rees Lemay Highland Park Yale

Ol Nick Waterman Highland Park Air Force

OL Austin Webb Highland Park Hawaii

RB Devine Ozigbo Sachse Nebraska

OL Ben Moye Sachse Louisiana-Monroe

DB Cade Erwin Flower Mound Marcus Air Force

DB Blaze Moorhead Fort Worth All Saints UTSA

RB Nahshon Ellerbe TCA-Addison Rice

WR A.D. Miller Bishop Dunne Oklahoma

WR Jerminic Smith South Garland Iowa

K Josh Williams Rowlett SMU

OL Clyde McCauley Arlington Bowie Kansas

LB Mitchell Kaufman Highland Park SMU

WR Cristian Williams Lincoln Tulsa

DB Reggie Robinson Cleburne Tulsa

TE Kobe Idumwonyi Cedar Hill Houston

DB Camden Ross Keller Timber Creek Houston

OL Jarrid Williams Cedar Hill Houston

DT Donovan Ransom Garland Arkansas State

DT Jordyn Johnson Garland Prairie View

DE Darren Woolen Frisco Grambling

K Bryce Crawfor Firsco Heritage San Jose State

ATH Udgam Goyal Frisco Liberty MIT

DL T.J. Walker Irving MacArthur Louisiana Tech

DL Jalen Goss South Oak Cliff Northern Arizona

OL Nick Gerhard Mansfield San Diego State

RB Raymond Sheard Arlington Boise State

DB Shaquille Richmond Mansfield Timberview Kansas

DL O’Shea Jackson Arlington Martin Colorado State

OL Jake Baumert Lovejoy Army

OL Jaxson Deaton Frisco Army

DB Austin Shaw Frisco New Mexico State

QB Ryan Agnew Southlake Carroll San Diego State

OL Creighton Barr Flower Mound Marcus North Texas

WR D’Aundray Bradley Cedar Hill North Texas

QB/ATH Kevin Dillman Denton Guyer North Texas

CB Taylor Robinson Keller Central North Texas

OL Elex Woodworth Mesquite Horn North Texas

ATH Luther Kirk Garland Illinois State

OL Aaron Garza Sherman Kansas

WR Emmanuel Moore Justin Northwest Kansas

RB Taylor Martin Fort Worth Dunbar Kansas

LB Osaze Ogbefor Frisco Heritage Kansas

WR Kedarian Jones Kimball Memphis

DE Khalil Johnson Kimball Memphis

LB William LeMasters Parish Episcopal North Texas (walkon)

TE Case Brabham St. Mark’s Harvard

DB Jordan Wallace Denton Guyer Iowa State

LB Derrick Walker Ferris Uncommitted

OL Charlie Grammel Frisco Lone State New Mexico

RB Jess Anders Aledo UTSA

K Jon Coppens Fort Worth Nolan Rice

Ol Bobby Reynolds Keller Louisiana Monroe

TE Regan Heddins South Grand Prairie Louisiana Monroe

QB Chandler Eiland Canton Louisiana Monroe

DE Sam Miller Canton Louisiana Monroe

DT Jaylen Veasey Rockwall Louisiana Monroe

OL Ben Moye Sachse Louisiana Monroe

DT Taylor Stine Jesuit Kansas (walkon)

WR Savon Rollison Skyline New Mexico

WR Tariq Gordon Southlake Carroll, Lamar

QB/FS Sam Barry, Grapevine, Air Force

DL O’Shea Jackson Arlington Martin Colorado State

OL A.J. Brown Arlington Martin Stephen F. Austin

DB Jalen Morton Arlington Seguin Prairie View

RB Denvre Daniels Cedar Hill Liberty

OT Nick Skalak Cistercian Missouri (walkon)

ATH Preston Nix Dallas Christian Colgate

WR D’erren Wilson Greenville Central Florida

OL Chance Bishop Kennedale UTEP

LB Bryson Wallace Mansfield Lake Ridge Sam Houston State

WR Gentry Ivery Mansfield Legacy Pittsburgh

OL Dontae Duff Mesquite Poteet Liberty

LB Jonathan Hood North Crowley New Mexico State

DL Jeremy Hodowanic North Forney Navy

LB Kirkland Mizerak North Garland Texas State

K Parker Davidson Plano West New Mexico State

DB Christian Gibson Prime Prep New Mexico State

WR Brandon Martin Prime Prep LSU

DB Alize Ware Prime Prep Stephen F. Austin

DL Denzel Chukwukelu Rockwall-Heath UTEP

DB Willie Smith Kimball Northern Arizona

OL Brandon Chu Trinity Christian Addison Dartmouth

DB Charlie Walker Keller Fossil Ridge Harvard

QB Jesse Drummer Justin Northwest Angelo State

DL Cedric Wilcots Wilmer-Hutchins New Mexico State

Mesquite Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson (right) changed the momentum for Texas.

Mesquite Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson (right) changed the momentum for Texas.


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