Cards first to offer St.X's Justin Jefferies

Despite being among the top prospects in the city of Louisville, as well as the state of Kentucky, it wasn't until just a couple days ago that St.X offensive lineman Justin Jefferies received his first scholarship offer.

It took longer than most expected, but Louisville St. Xavier offensive lineman Justin Jefferies has finally received his first scholarship offer.

"I called the U of L coaches a couple nights ago and they offered me," the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Jefferies told Inside The Ville. "They said that they had just watched some of my video and that they liked it. I was pretty excited about it."

A member of this year's Tremendous 26, Jefferies has the qualities that college coaches want in a offensive line prospect. In addition to his size, Jefferies has good strength and decent speed, which helped him earn All-City and All-State honors following his junior season.

Despite the offer from Louisville, Jefferies, who will make an unofficial to Kentucky when they host the 12th-ranked Cardinals on Sunday, is far from claiming a favorite.

"I don't really have a favorite right now," he explained. "I haven't even thought about that yet."

However, he was quick to point a few factors that could assist the Cardinals recruiting efforts as interest from other school's increase.

"I like the atmosphere there and the coaches," said Jefferies, who is also receiving strong interest from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and West Virginia. "Some of my buddies go there too. I haven't scheduled a visit with them, but I'm sure I'll go to a game or two."

Jefferies and his St.X teammates have opened their defense of their 2004 4A State Title of year ago in good fashion, starting the season undefeated after two games.

"We should have a good chance again this year," he said. "If we stay together and keep working hard as a team, both in the weight room and in practice, then we should be pretty good."

St.X will next face a dangerous and much improved Fern Creek High School squad, led by quarterback K.J. Black, this weekend.

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