“I’m just ready to get started on my senior season,” said Jefferson, who had received over a dozen offers and had narrowed his list to the Broncos and Central Florida. “The whole process was good, but as the months went on, it was starting to get stressful.”
The stress compounded itself following his trip to Boise. When Jefferson returned home, he visited the UCF campus and was given an ultimatum by coach George O’Leary, who set a deadline him making his decision. It set Jefferson back and made his choice an easy one.
“I’m not going to lie, it created some division between the two schools,” he said. “I just didn’t expect to go in there and hear that. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear.”
It also helped that Jefferson loved what he saw during his visit to Boise and enjoyed his time with head coach Brian Harsin and the coaching staff. But what truly sealed the deal for the Broncos was Jefferson’s opportunity to play early with the Broncos.
“The coaching staff really seems genuine and down to earth,” he said. “The facilities were great, but what I really want to do is play early. “It’s what I’m going for. I’m going to go in there and compete and play. I know it all matters how hard I work. It doesn’t matter who’s on the depth chart if you don’t work hard, so that’s what I’m doing now and that’s what I will do. I know that if I do what I can do, I’ll be good.”
He just might get his shot. With a skill set that seems to trump his two-star ranking, the 6’, 185-pounder appears to have all the tools to make an early impact. With great hands to snag the ball out of difficult positions, he has the speed and elusiveness to then blow the top off the defense. “My hands, my speed, my knowledge of the game,” he said of his best qualities on the field. “When I get the ball in my hands, I want to be dangerous with it and take it as far as I can go.”
Despite most recently running a 4.47 in the spring, Jefferson has been working hard this summer on his speed game with a personal trainer in addition to his regular offseason work with the Yellowjackets.
“We do a bunch of field work,” Jefferson said. “We work on my footwork, agility and mostly my speed training. Sometimes we hit the weights, but most of the time, I’m working on my speed.”
That speed helped earn him an impressive 14.8 yards per reception last season with 609 yards and five touchdowns on 41 receptions playing alongside receiver Adrian Falconer, who has already committed to Iowa. Together they led Leesburg to the second round of the 6A playoffs.
Jefferson is the oldest of four, but doesn’t feel any pressure to set a good example for his younger brother and two sisters.
“There’s no pressure for me,” said Jefferson, who plans on majoring in engineering at Boise. “I just focus on doing what I’m supposed to do on and off the field and I’ll be fine.”