2013 running back prospect Johnny Jefferson from Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Texas, who had originally planned on attending the Oklahoma State Junior Day today made a last minute decision to visit College Station, Texas instead. The junior, who was 8th in district 15-5A in rushing with 164 touches for 812 yards averaging 4.95 yards per carry last season had narrowed down his top two schools to Oklahoma State and Texas A&M before the visit.
"I decided the night before," Jefferson said. "I just had a gut feeling. As soon as we got there head coach (Kevin) Sumlin and Clarence Mckinney (Running Backs) put me a room and told me that they wanted to show me what the school and what Texas A&M could offer me. I went on my tour and I basically had my mind made up in the middle of it. We are going to offer you. I knew it was right for me, so I committed."
The running back, who had 9 touchdowns this past season, said his relationship with the coaching staff that came over from the University of Houston was the biggest factor in his commitment.
"It all started with coach McKinney," Jefferson said. "When I went to that first one-day camp in Houston we really kicked it off and had that relationship. So, when I went to Texas A&M today they already knew what I expected from them and I already knew what they expected from me. The relationship was there. Our relationship was a big part of the decision. Being around them I'm relaxed and comfortable."
"Texas A&M it just really fit," Jefferson said. "The tradition at Texas A&M and the 12th man is great. The crowd is so big that they have build new parking area for more fans. You just have to see it it is amazing. The student body at the games is outrageous. Its just crazy. I just love everything about it. My family loves the school too. I also really like the coaches and players."
Jefferson also had offers from UCLA and Notre Dame before committing to Texas A&M today. The prospect's high school football coach, Channon Hall, told Scout how the student-athlete is one of the hardest workers and biggest leaders on his team.
"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."