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LB Malik Jefferson represents Texas at The Opening

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Every day is Malikmas.

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Malik Jefferson
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Two years ago, linebacker Malik Jefferson looked like a Texas A&M Aggies lean months away from making his decision as he shined at The Opening. This year, Jefferson was a counselor coaching Texas Longhorns quarterback commit Sam Ehlinger’s 7on7 team.

So not only did Jefferson have a chance to interact more with the Austin Westlake product who will join Jefferson on campus next January, the rising sophomore also had a chance to interact with a number of other important Longhorns targets at the event.

Kennedale linebacker Baron Browning, for instance, told Burnt Orange Nation back in March that he didn’t really know Jefferson personally, but was able to change that this weekend. Browning was a member of Jefferson’s Flyrush team with Ehlinger.

The nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle, Marvin Wilson, was also in attendance at the event, as well as No. 1 inside linebacker Anthony Hines and top tackle target Walker Little.

As one of the players who is around the football offices constantly with head coach Charlie Strong, Jefferson has a unique perspective on Strong and the direction of the Texas program. With his personal charisma, he can be an extremely effective messenger for the school’s football program, as he demonstrated during the end of the 2016 recruiting cycle.

Jefferson’s time in Oregon isn’t going to convince any of those prospects to commit to the ‘Horns in the coming days, but Strong noted on National Signing Day that players are often more effective at coaches in giving recruiting pitches because they have more credibility with recruits.

With Longhorns momentum cresting once again after picking up the four former Bears signees over the last several weeks, Jefferson was able to further pitch Texas turning things around on the field.

And so we find, once again, that every day is Malikmas.