Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson (46) walks off the field after warm ups before the start of the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas ex Malik Jefferson explains decision to sign with Lil Wayne’s agency

Posted February 21st, 2018

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Predictions abound regarding the football future of Texas ex Malik Jefferson, but so far the linebacker from Mesquite has made one thing abundantly clear: He is going to do things his own way.

Jefferson turned heads last month when it was reported that he had signed with Young Money APAA Sports and Entertainment, the agency owned and operated by rapper Lil Wayne.

RELATED: Bohls: Malik weighed the risks and long-term safety in choosing to go pro

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Still relatively new, the agency boasts a list of clients that includes artists Drake and Nicki Minaj, as well as former Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook and ex Kansas basketball star Frank Mason III.

Earlier this week, Jefferson and Lil Wayne went on FS1 studio show Undisputed, where Jefferson was asked about his decision to sign with Young Money.

RELATED: Malik Jefferson to be represented by rapper Lil Wayne’s agency

“I know it’s different, he said. “I had a lot of people telling me, ‘Don’t go this route. Don’t do that.’ You’ve got to take risks in life, and you never know what your reward may be. When I was going through the whole process it was different trying to communicate with my family trying to make sure we were on the same page.

“My heart felt a little different at times, and I felt like I was more comfortable going with their agency. At the end of the day it was going to be my decision and I knew that.”

You can hear more from Jefferson on his preparation from draft day when he speaks with Austin American-Statesman columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden on Thursday’s “On Second Thought” podcast.

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