Quick Hits with Chris Jefferson

Chris Jefferson, a native of Morganton, North Carolina was one of the most coveted wide receivers by the Clemson coaching staff last year. Today, we examine some his strengths and weaknesses as he makes his way to Tiger Town this fall for his freshman year.

Chris Jefferson
Wide Receiver
Freedom High School (Morganton, NC)
6-3/180/4.51
NR: 63 Rating: ***

THE STATS: Chris Jefferson caught over 40 passes for nearly 700 yards and 8 touchdowns this past season for a team that was built around a strong running game. He also was an All-Conference and All-Area performer his senior year at Freedom High School. Jefferson finished his high school career with 120 receptions for 2,656 yards and 31 touchdowns, including 4 scores coming on kick returns.

STRENGTH: Jefferson has great size for a wide out and he'll be another in the long line of tall wide receivers to play at Clemson in the last 5 years. He reminds some experts of former Tiger Rod Gardner in that he excels at getting up in the air and grabbing the football away from smaller players.

WEAKNESS: Like most high school seniors, Jefferson will have to work hard in the weight room in order to successfully make the transition to the collegiate level. With all the depth at wide receiver, that shouldn't be a problem, as Chris will most certainly redshirt his freshman year in Tiger Town.

WHY CLEMSON? "Clemson really impressed me and my mom on our official visit down there," said Jefferson. "I knew before I committed that I could definitely see myself playing under Coach Stockstill. They said that I'll have to get in there and work hard and that I'd probably redshirt my first year, which is fine. I really like Coach O'Cain and my mom loves talking to him too. I also really like that offense because I know that I'll have the chance to showcase my abilities as a wide receiver there. At some of the other schools, they really didn't put the ball in the air as much as Clemson and that was important to me too."

INTERESTING NOTES: Jefferson didn't play football until his sophomore year in high school and he chose the Tigers over Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, and Boston College. He has also been a regular visitor to Death Valley in each of the past two seasons, attending more than 6 games on unofficial visits.

HS COACH QUOTE: "He's been a consistent performer for us even though he hasn't had as many opportunities as a lot of other players with his type of talent," said Freedom assistant coach Scott Williams. "We could always throw the ball up in his direction and he would come down with it and make the big play for us, no matter who he was matched up against. He's a hard worker both on and off the field and he's a great pick up for Clemson."

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