Jefferson Adds To Arkansas' 2014 Grid Haul
For the second straight Saturday, the Razorback football program has added a player expected to help it immediately next season.
This time it is UNLV transfer offensive lineman Cameron Jefferson (6-6, 305), who was in Fayetteville Tuesday through Thursday for an official visit, signed a national letter-of-intent with Arkansas on Saturday.
"We're thrilled to add Cameron Jefferson to the Razorback football program," Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said in a press release on Saturday. "As we continue to build our recruiting classes over the next few years, we will add players who fit academically, athletically and socially. He comes from a football family with his father (William Jefferson) playing in the NFL and he worked his way into becoming an anchor for the line at UNLV. We look forward to seeing the impact he will have at Arkansas."
Jefferson, a 22-year-old who went to high school in Las Vegas as well, will be immediately eligible with one year to play for the Razorbacks because the Rebels were hit with Level One APR sanctions recently.
Last Saturday, Arkansas added Dodge City, Kan., Community College middle linebacker Josh Williams (6-2, 240) to its incoming 2014 class.
"When I came down there for my visit Tuesday through Thursday, it just felt a lot like home, like Cincinnati," Jefferson said Saturday afternoon. It's a great program and one I am excited that I am going to be a part of.
"It's also a great opportunity to work with (Arkansas offensive line) Coach (Sam) Pittman," Jefferson added. "His resume speaks for itself. I know he is going to help me in my quest to be a higher draft choice and play in the NFL."
After playing just two years of high school football at Desert Oasis High, Jefferson redshirted and has been three-year starter at UNLV while playing both guard and tackle for the Rebels.
Jefferson, whose younger brother Noah is currently committed to USC and whose dad played offensive line for the Browns, Raiders and Colts, is expected to land at left guard at Arkansas.
"Arkansas let me know that there was an opening at left guard for me and that's a spot that I enjoy playing and is my natural position," Jefferson said. "I moved to tackle when we had an injury, but I'm really a guard.
"I love playing guard because I am athletic and can get out and pull and use my athleticism and my speed," Jefferson added.
He is looking forward to blocking for Arkansas' talented trio of tailbacks in Jonathan Williams, Alex Collins and Korliss Marshall.
"I got to watch film of them and that is a fantastic crew right there," Jefferson said. "It is going to fun opening some holes for them and watching them take off."
Jefferson was a captain of last season's Rebels' squad and admits it was a tough call to leave UNLV and Las Vegas.
"It was definitely a tough decision because I have had great support from the UNLV fans and have some great friends and being from Vegas," Jefferson said. "But you have to get out of your comfort zone sometimes to make the right decision and I know this is the right one for my future.
"This all came together in about a week or a week-and-a-half and it's a great fit for me," Jefferson added.
Ironically, Jefferson's first career game in 2011 was at Wisconsin, when current Arkansas head coach was the coach there.
Jefferson is scheduled to graduate from UNLV in June and will pursue a Master's Degree in Sports Management at Arkansas.
"I will be getting to Arkansas either in late June or early July," Jefferson said. "I am really looking forward to it."
Photo courtesy of Cameron Jefferson
Cameron Jefferson poses during his official visit earlier this week.
Hawgs Daily Top Stories
Arkansas 16, Florida 0 (7 innings)The Diamond Hogs are heading to the SEC Tournament championship game.
Hawgs Daily6:56 AM
Arkansas 9, Mississippi State 2Arkansas is heading to the SEC Tournament semifinals.
Hawgs DailyFriday at 9:20 PM
Nutt seeks apology from Ole MissThe former Arkansas coach is back in the news.
Hawgs DailyFriday at 6:52 PM
Hogs not in most preseason rankingsThe Razorbacks aren't getting much love in the preseason rankings.
Hawgs DailyFriday at 6:44 PM