Today, I found a sleeper prospect from South Georgia named Lynon Jefferson.
Jefferson attends Springfield (Ga.) Effingham County High School near Savannah.
Jefferson, 5-8 and 165 pounds, played running back, wide receiver, cornerback and returned kicks. He is being recruited to play cover corner. At Florida State's camp last summer, he ran a 4.37 40 and the FSU coaching staff couldn't believe the time so they asked him to run it again.
The second time around, he ran a 4.38. Florida State has been the one major school to recruit Jefferson this season. Jefferson's uncle played college football at Georgia Southern and they have extended him a scholarship offer.
"FSU did call last night (Thursday) and they want me to visit at the end of January," Jefferson said. "They are my favorite team and I have always been a big fan. They like me as a corner and on special teams to return kicks."
While FSU has yet to offer Jefferson, Effingham County head coach George Spencer believes his star player will excel at the next level, saying, " Lynon is an outstanding player with great speed and quickness. He is a hard worker and he has a great attitude"
Jefferson was a state finalists as a junior in the 100 and 200 meters. As a senior, he had 26 tackles and four interceptions (3 returned for TDs).
Offensively, he rushed the ball 39 times for 335 yards and scored six touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 186 yards and three scores.
"My height has hurt me with recruiting but that's OK," Jefferson said. "I just keep working hard and I have real good speed."
Spencer says Jefferson has the speed and skill to produce big numbers.
"We put our best players on defense or else he would have played a lot more on offense," said Spencer. "We had a 1,700 yard back as well but Lynon is better and would have put up even better numbers this season had I started him there."
FSU has a knack for finding these players. Keep in mind last season FSU signed an unheralded player in Cory Niblock, an offensive lineman from St. Augustine Nease High School. Former standout cornerback Tay Cody was another recruit who was not highly recruited by the major schools but ended up enjoying a stellar career with the Seminoles.
Note - I discovered Jefferson at the Coaches Corner, a high school coaching convention in South Atlanta. The Coaches Corner is an event where high school coaches in the Metro-Atlanta area showcase their college football senior standouts and try and get them scholarships.
It is more of a showcase for the borderline Division 1-A kids and it is geared for the smaller college football programs that don't have the big recruiting budget like a team such as Florida State. At this event, I saw film of Jefferson and was very impressed. He is very quick and dangerous with the ball in his hands. Jefferson has great speed and is very elusive. Defensively, he has very good cover skills and a knack for making the big play. Jefferson has great instincts for the game.