That made Jefferson’s visit to Auburn over the weekend a special one for the five-star prospect, but it was more than just the coaches that factored in. Along for the trip were good friends Byron Cowart and Jeff Holland, two more top defensive targets for the Tigers. With everything wrapped into one neat package, Jefferson said the trip back to the Plains was a special one for him.
“I had a great visit,” Jefferson said. “I haven’t been there since my freshman year. It was great to get back. A lot has changed. Coach Muschamp and I had a great conversation and Coach Gus Malzahn. Obviously, Jeff and Byron were up so it was a big weekend. I just had an overall great time.
“I was just happy to get up there and see the place,” he added. “The coaches told me I would be blown away and they didn’t lie. Everything they said was as advertised. I just had a great time.”
With a thorough knowledge of Florida’s defense the last four seasons under Muschamp with his hometown less than an hour away, Jefferson said having him at Auburn is comforting because of the scheme and understanding that brings for him and his family.
“It’s a business,” Jefferson said of having Muschamp at Auburn. “It wasn’t weird at all. Same places, different faces. I have known Coach Will for the last four years. Him and T-Rob recruited me hard. Coach Thompson, it was really hard to see him there, you know because of the Alabama-Auburn rivalry. I’m like ‘what the heck is he doing there.’ They are great guys and I had a great time.
“That’s big, that’s huge,” he added of the coaching staff. “You want to go somewhere that you know. There are knowns and there are unknowns. I have a lot of knowns there. I feel comfortable with those guys. I know how they are going to use me in the defense. I know what they are about.
"My dad and all of them have a good relationship. It’s four hours away from where I live. It’s not too far away, but it’s far away enough for me to grow up. It’s a great place. I definitely wouldn’t mind going there.”
When talking about his visit Cowart mentioned the possibility of a package deal with Jefferson and Holland all joining forces together. That’s something Jefferson said he wouldn’t mind either because of what it could mean to their school of choice down the road.
“He’s a great player and in order to change a program you can’t do it by yourself,” Jefferson said of Cowart. “You’ve got to have great players follow you. I wouldn’t mind doing that at all.
“If Jeff wants to come, Jeff is a great player, too,” he added. “The more the merrier. I wouldn’t mind. I wouldn’t mind at all.”
With a final group of Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Ole Miss and LSU, Jefferson is still wide open as he prepares for the final two weeks before signing day. With an unofficial trip to Oxford coming up next weekend and a final visit to Baton Rouge, he said it’s time to begin to narrow things down but the Tigers definitely made an impact.
“It’s just the coaching staff,” Jefferson said of Auburn. “I got that family feel for them. They have been recruiting me hard for the past four years. I know what I’m getting if I go there and that’s what mainly sticks out. I know I’m going to be taken care of and surrounded by good players. It’s a good town, country like my hometown. It’s great.”