Kentucky heavily recruited Alshon Jeffrey who originally committed to Southern California. He changed his commitment back to his home-state South Carolina Gamecocks. Kentucky was on the outside looking in most of the way. Now the Wildcats are heavily involved with Alshon's younger brother, Shamir Jeffrey.
Shamir Jeffrey moved from wide receiver to quarterback during is junior year and has excelled at the position. He's been so good that many of the schools recruiting him as a receiver are now looking at him at quarterback as well. "People who want to stay in the game are saying that he's got a chance to play quarterback," said Walt Wilson, head coach at Calhoun County (SC.). "He's got to decipher who's serious about him at quarterback," he continued.
At either position, Jeffrey is a player who can be a difference maker for his team. "Anything on the field that he does, he does it well," said Wilson. "He plays receiver second to none. We moved him to quarterback and in seven games he had 1800 yards passing," he continued.
"What he needs to work on is the little things," said Wilson. "At wide receiver he has no wasted steps and he attacks the ball with his hands. We just need to get him fine-tuned," he continued.
"At quarterback he's pretty sound. He's just been playing there for a short time. But his fundamentals are so good. This kid can make every throw from the pocket. When you sprint him out, that's the cherry on top because he can pull it down and run with hit," said Wilson. "He would rather throw the ball. He always looks to pass. When everything else breaks down, then he'll run. We have to beg him to run sometimes," continued Wilson.
Jeffrey has had limited time at quarterback, but he's already learning the nuances of the position. "He's got good pocket presence. He slows the whole game down. He reads both safeties. That's rare for a high school kid," said Wilson.
Jeffrey already has offers and interest from all over it's probably going to grow. "South Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn, Kentucky and East Carolina have all offered," said Wilson. "I'm sure there are some others that I don't know about. North Carolina State is going to offer him. Georgia Tech offered him as a quarterback. Virginia Tech and LSU are looking at him. Alabama and Oregon also. The list just goes on," he continued.
Jeffrey hasn't visited any schools yet, but there are plans to take some unofficial visits in the coming weeks. They plan to visit South Carolina this weekend for their junior day. Wilson says they also plan to visit Georgia Tech, Clemson, Kentucky, Auburn and Alabama.
There's also a thought that Jeffrey may want to attend school with his brother, but Wilson shot that notion down. "I don't think that's an impact at all. He always tells people that 'I don't have to go with my brother.' They are real close, but that's not a big deal. His brother will be leaving him anyway."
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