"I decided to be a Razorback," Jefferson, the No. 2 ranked player in the nation, said. "I was checking out the campus and wanted to make sure. I liked the academics. What more can a man ask for?"
One thing is certain, Al Jefferson is a man. All man. "Big Al" is big time and Arkansas did a tremendous job with his recruitment.
Jefferson is basically a monster. He's bigger, stronger and more powerful than any kid in the Class of 2004. He brings the "A" game almost every time out and this is a man among boys on the high school and AAU circuit.
How good is he? Try 45 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocks in Prentiss' state title win. The guy can play and one day he'll do it for pay. According to Jefferson, that day is a ways down the road.
"Right now it's guaranteed 100% that I will play college basketball," Jefferson said. Certainly, the NBA option will be there for him, so what would it take for him to skip out on Arkansas and enter the draft? Well, right now, Al says it would take pretty much a guarantee he'd be the top player taken the lottery. "I don't know right now but being No. 1 probably would [do it] but I don't know."
All we know now is that the Arkansas Razorbacks and Coach Heath have secured a commitment from a man who can impact their program. Jefferson says his recruitment by the Hogs, in particular Heath, was super. "A year ago I probably didn't know too much about him. He pretty much recruited me real hard, more than anybody else."
"He had everything planned out. He's a great coach. This is a great coaching staff. He takes care of his players."
Jefferson is the second commitment to the Razorbacks in the Class of 2004. Steven Hill, a standout center, is also committed. Hill looked very good at the Kingwood Classic and could find himself among the top 50 players in the class.