"UK's the only official scholarship I have right now. Besides Kentucky, I have had a lot of interest from Cincinnati and Louisville," Duran Jefferson said. "I think there is more, but that's all I know about, at least those are the ones that my coach told me. It's still early."
As a junior, Jefferson played quarterback and threw for approximately 1,100 yards while rushing for 700 and five scores. On defense, he had three interceptions. He was named honorable mention all-state and selected to the All-Northern Kentucky Team.
"Duran plays Quarterback for us because of his athleticism," Holmes High School coach David Trosper said. "He has great speed and vision. As a sophomore he played wide receiver and in 6 games he led our team in receptions. He punts for us and had a 40 yard average last year and 5 fakes for first downs.
Because the Wildcats were the first to offer Jefferson, many feel that the 'Cats have the early advantage to steal the talented and versatile defensive back/wide receiver.
"(Kentucky)'s got a real good recruiting class this year coming in," Jefferson commented on the Wildcats. "I think that's gonna play a big part in my decision as to which college I wanna go to. I think they'll gonna have a good football team this year and in the future. It's a nice program with real good facilites."
The 6-foot-1, 180 pound athlete is a two-sport star at Covington (Ky.) Holmes HS in northern Kentucky. This past year, he averaged 12 points, 9 assists and 3.5 steals a game on the hardwood.
"I think by the beginning of my senior year I should make my decision," Jefferson said. "The coaches are looking at me at defensive back or receiver. Those are the two positions I like to play, but it really doesn't matter. I'll play wherever the coach wants me to play."
Asked what defines his playing ability?
"I just get the job done," the senior-to-be concluded. "I can do anything the coach asks me to do. You can put wherever you want to put me and I'll give 110% and will get the job done for my team."