2013 RB's Versatility Helps Him Standout

2013 running back recruit Johnny Jefferson from Killeen Shoemaker has caught the attention of some schools. So far as a junior Jefferson is talking with Baylor, TCU and Texas A&M.

Profile: Johnny Jefferson

Shoemaker's head coach Channon Hall isn't surprised at all by the attention that the young running back is getting.

"He's fast," said Hall. "He has qualities that you can't coach. He has a lot of speed and that's what a lot of (coaches) like about him. He's competitive too. We've moved him to quarterback, running back and receiver. He's very versatile. And he runs a 4.3."

In Shoemaker's game against Bryan last weekend, Jefferson accounted for 182 rushing yards and 71 passing yards in just the second half. This season, Jefferson has had a total of 82 carries for 447 yards and four touchdowns. His rushing stats are tied for 7th best in his district 12-5A.

But, one thing you won't find in Jefferson's stats is his work off of the field. Hall tells Scout how the prospect is one of the hardest workers on the team, as well as a leader.

"He's a very hard worker," said Hall. "He's a really strong kid who works hard in the weight room. He works out on his own every morning during the week. He's also in ROTC so he's developing those leadership skills to lead the team, so he has a lot of qualities that coaches are going to be looking for."

Despite already receiving attention from Div. 1 schools, Jefferson's head coach believes that his senior season he will continue to gain more exposure.

"I think if he has a good offseason and finishes off the year strong then (he will gain more exposure)," said Hall. "He's a tough football player and I think a lot of teams are going to want him. He's going to have a chance to do some big things."

In addition to playing running back, quarterback and defensive back for the Grey Wolves, you can also find Jefferson punting for his team. This season he has had 13 punts for 435 yards with an average of 33.46 yards per punt.

Jefferson and Shoemaker High School will be taking on the Belton Tigers at 7:30 this Friday in Belton, Texas.

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