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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Ohio State offer not lost on Jefferson

By Brad Bournival

When reached via text message, Malik Jefferson (Mesquite, Texas/Poteet) didn’t have much to say about his offer from Ohio State.

Then again, the exclamation point said plenty.

Malik Jefferson
Rising sophomore linebacker Malik Jefferson is piling up offers. Ohio State is the latest.
With assistant coach Tom Herman still recruiting in Texas, the 6-foot-2, 212-pound outside linebacker found out he had an offer from Ohio State. And it certainly resonated with the standout sophomore.

“Its an honor for a school like that to offer me!” he said.

The Buckeyes were just falling in line with Jefferson, who counts offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Texas and Texas A&M. Florida State, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas Tech and USC also are showing interest, which shows just how much Jefferson is in demand. He told HornsNation last week that Texas is his current leader.

It’s not hard to see why he has so many suitors, as he has great potential.

Last season, he was an all-state and all-area honoree after amassing 92 tackles -- 20 for loss -- seven sacks, five forced fumbles and four blocked kicks.

The Pirates finished 11-3 on the season, losing 21-13 in the Conference 4A, Division 2 quarterfinals to eventual state runner-up Lancaster.

In picking up Ohio State’s offer on Tuesday, Jefferson becomes the 23rd player with an offer in the 2015 class. He is the third outside linebacker with an offer, joining Cecil Cherry (Frostproof, Fla./Frostproof) and Sherrod Pittman (Jacksonville/First Coast).

The idea of playing for a two-time national champion like Urban Meyer does interest Jefferson, however.

“That's a big thing,” he said. “It makes me want to take my time with choosing.”

Linebackers are in vogue of late for the Buckeyes, who picked up three from the 2013 Class in ESPN 150 seniors Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas, Prestonwood Christian) along with Christopher Worley (Cleveland/Glenville). In 2014, the Buckeyes already count Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) and Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati/Moeller) in the mix.