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Scouting Malik Jefferson (Video)
Director of Scouting
Posted Feb 11, 2014
A look at the nation's No. 1 linebacker prospect in the Class of 2015.
At 6'3 and 220 pounds,
of Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas has the prototype build to play outside linebacker. Watching him play the game, he just might be the prototype outside linebacker period.
The most complimentary description a linebacker can receive is being called tenacious. Malik Jefferson is tenacious. He also has plus size, speed, quickness and change of direction. Mix them all together and we end up with Scout's No. 1 linebacker prospect and No. 2 prospect regardless of position.
Jefferson's size, speed, and strength are visible on nearly every play, but one of the aspects that makes him a special player is his ability to make a secondary play. If he gets cut at the line of scrimmage, he can recover and still make a tackle. If the play goes away from him, he can chase it down from behind. If a ball carrier tries to cut back. he has the flexibility in the open field to change direction and make a play.
He is a leader on the field for Poteet as he can frequently be seen making adjustments before the snap. He has an uncanny ability to delay blitz and find a hole in the blocking scheme to come through the line untouched. Jefferson also does a good job with his hands to control his blocker and scrape the line of scrimmage to show he's not a one trick pony crashing the backfield.
Jefferson is the No. 2 prospect in the nation regardless of position, and he'll make a strong case for No. 1 overall over the course of the next year. His junior video speaks for itself:
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