Since arriving on the Texas campus in January as an early enrollee, reports on linebacker Malik Jefferson have been overwhelmingly positive. Jefferson also appears to be taking his strength & conditioning with Pat Moorer seriously too. The 5-star Mesquite Poteet playmaker has put on weight, according to head coach Charlie Strong, who mentioned Jefferson and Connor Williams as freshmen to keep an eye on this season.
"Well, you look at our freshmen, and the good thing about Malik,he was able to come in in the spring and did a really good job. I think he came in at like 217. He's up at like 240 now. Connor Williams is another that came in as an offensive lineman, was a tight end in high school, went to offensive line, and has done an unbelievable job."
While there is plenty of freshman talent in Austin, Strong reiterated the learning process that needs to take place to facilitate an acclimation to the program.
"You look at those from the Holton Hills, those young DBs, from Davis to Kris Boyd, there's a lot of learning for them. It's all about the learning process."