PG Dontell Jefferson commits to Hogs

Razorbacks get the point guard they wanted to complete a monster recruting class when junior college standout Dontell Jefferson commits after his weekend visit.

Dontell Jefferson, the 6-6, 195-pound junior college point guard from Atlanta Metropoiltan College that visited the University of Arkansas this weekend, has committed to the Razorbacks.

Jefferson, who was also considering Georgia, Florida State and Clemson among others, said Sunday night that he felt at home in Fayetteville so there was no reason to wait and he plans on officially becoming a Razorback during the late signing period.

"It was a great visit and I was very impressed with everything and felt like I would fit right and really help with the players that are already here and the big guys they have coming in next year," Jefferson said. "Also the fans were just tremendous. I said coming into the visit that they would be a big factor in my decision and they were. They were great."

Jefferson, averaging 15.8 points, 8.6 assists, 6.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals this season for an 11-1 team, knows Arkansas really wanted him to become the point guard to complete a recruiting class that is already rated as high as third nationally in some polls.

"I feel like I will the key that makes ignition of the offense and defense go and I will be surrounded by some great talent," Jefferson said. I plan on being a leader from the time I step on campus on the floor and off."

Jefferson was also very impressed with UA head coach Stan Heath and assistant Ronny Thompson, who recruited him.

"They are outgoing and fun to be around," Jefferson said. "They are open and you can talk to them about anything."

Jefferson said that despite Saturday's 73-58 home loss to Oklahoma State, he sees a bright future for the Razorbacks.

He was well aware of the fact that Arkansas has signed 7-0, 252-pound Steven Hill, 6-10, 265-pound Al Jefferson, 6-10, 235-pound Darian Townes and 6-8, 235-pound Charles Thomas, the latter two who are averaging around 40 points per game this season.

"They are just a few players away from getting it totally turned around and I am looking forward to helping do that," Jefferson said. "All of those big guys are going to make such a difference for this program and I look forward to getting them the ball along with the others already here."

Jefferson describes himself as a pass-first, shoot-second kind of guy.

"My mom raised me to share and I just take that philosophy out on the court," Jefferson said. "Keep the big man happy, keep the scorers happy and everybody's happy."

Atlanta Metro head coach Robert Pritchett is certainly high on his point guard.

"He is a complete point guard, a pure point guard, just a tremendously talented big guard who can do it all, " Pritchett said back on Wednesday. "He has already had three triple-doubles this season and has just developed into a wonderful, wonderful player. He is destined to be a star on the major college level."


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