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Longhorns Class of 2016: Jeffrey McCulloch likes to eat — and his mom likes to cook

Posted February 19th, 2016


HOUSTON — Reviewing the dinner presented to the Texas football coaches at their visit to the home of Aldine Davis linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch is not advised when hungry.

There’s your warning.

On the evening of Jan. 21, roughly two weeks before national signing day, Charlie Strong and some of his assistants went to Houston to check on the nation’s No. 59 overall recruit and were greeted by chicken wings, steamed ribs, saffron rice and cabbage.


And cornbread. And salad. And macaroni.

Though it’s hard to believe anyone left room for it, a chocolate pecan praline cake was laid out for dessert.

Overall preparation time: Less than two hours.

“Just whatever I thought they’d enjoy,” said McCulloch’s mother, Deborah.

It was a “meal fit for a shark,” tweeted linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary, who was having some fun with McCulloch’s nickname

Raising two teenage boys she calls “refrigerator killers and pantry terrorists,” Deborah McCulloch is always cooking up something. Just this week she said she spent $262 at the grocery store, filling her cart with fresh fruit, whole grains, granola, chicken breasts, and whatever else was shown as being healthy on the nutrition plan that Texas released to the 24 players who signed on Feb 3.

At 240 pounds, the 6-feet, 3-inch McCulloch is afraid if he’s not careful, he’ll eat his way out of outside linebacker and have to move inside. So he’d like to drop 10 pounds by the time he arrives on campus this summer, but cautions that “everything is growing,” including his shoe size.

Strong and his coaches will be pleased to know that chicken alfredo, which Deborah said her son will happily eat for “breakfast, lunch and dinner” has been shelved at the McCulloch house for healthier choices.

“I think we can work it in occasionally, but not as much as he would like,” Deborah said.

Deborah, the school nurse at Aldine Davis, has another son, Joshua, who is 15 and an offensive tackle at the school. He’s 6 feet, 4 inches and 280 pounds.

The boys frequently stop by the nurse’s station to see their mom, but “they don’t come see me because they’re ill.”

They’re coming because they’re hungry.

“They ask me for money or for something to eat,” she said. “I tell them there’s a cafeteria across the hall.”

C’mon boys, she can’t cook for every meal.