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Charlie Strong compares Malik Jefferson's signing to that of Tim Tebow

Jefferson has a high standard to reach in the coming weeks to make the comparison apt.

Malik Jefferson at The Opening
Malik Jefferson at The Opening
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Since five-star Mesquite Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson has already signed his grant-in-aid agreement with the Texas Longhorns, head coach Charlie Strong was asked about the state's top prospect on Saturday and dropped a massive comparison:

Strong, of course, was at Florida in 2006 as the assistant head coach and co-defensive coordinator when Tebow signed with the Gators as part of the nation's No. 2 recruiting class, according to Rivals.

The nation's top dual-threat quarterback per that service, Tebow was a late pledge, committing on December 13, only weeks before he enrolled in Gainesville as part of the 2006 class.

However, in the weeks after his commitment, the Gators were able to close with four-star wide receiver Riley Cooper, four-star defensive end Jermaine Cunningham, four-star offensive lineman Marcus Gilbert, five-star wide receiver Percy Harvin, four-star linebacker A.J. Jones, three-star athlete Derrick Robinson, five-star linebacker Brandon Spikes, and four-star running back Mon Williams.

That's eight players with an average star rating of 4.13 in a stretch of less than eight weeks. And as most college football fans will remember, a handful of those players went on to play major roles in the 2006 and 2008 national championships, especially the latter.

So Jefferson has some high standards to match considering that the Longhorns haven't landed any pledges since the 6'3, 215-pounder pledged on December 19, but there's still plenty of time and plenty of targets out there, including the host of Florida prospects and state of Texas recruits like five-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack, four-star wide receiver Ryan Newsome, four-star running back Chris Warren, and four-star cornerback Kris Boyd, among others.