LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was put through the ESPN “carwash” on Thursday, starting his day with an appearance on First Take and ending it alongside Erin Andrews on the set of College Football Live.
In between was an appearance on Scott Van Pelt’s radio show.
Back in his hometown of St. Rose, La., younger brother Rickey is working on building his own name.
A 6-foot, 185-pounder with solid hands and route running skills, Jefferson worked his way onto the field as a freshman. By his sophomore campaign he was a focal point of the Destrehan High offense, finishing the year with 22 catches for 388 yards and five touchdowns through the air and 24 rushes for 225 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Then came the offseason, which Jefferson used to skyrocket his stock in the recruiting game.
Despite being a year younger than the crop of upcoming seniors, he blew away the competition at the Under Armour Combine in New Orleans. Then came LSU’s first summer camp, a Sunday to Wednesday event that Rickey had planned on staying at for just two days.
Instead, he arrived Monday morning and didn’t check out until Wednesday afternoon – which is when younger brother scored a scholarship that sets the tone for his recruitment going forward.
“Les Miles offered me a full scholarship that day, and I was honored,” Jefferson said. “I am surprised I didn’t burst out crying. I was working hard this whole time for an offer like that. I had prepared to come to camp and get it. I remember thinking that I had to leave with an offer in hand.
“It was funny because Jordan knew about them offering before me. He was excited and happy, but he told me to keep working hard and that I will get more. He’s always pushing me to keep going.”
Jefferson not only tested well, he also passed every test that wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales put him through.
Just to prove his versatility, he switched to cornerback - where defensive backs coach Ron Cooper matched him up with some of the camp’s top receivers. In a one-on-one that was repeated time and again, Jefferson got the best of a fellow 2013 standout: Neville athlete John Diarse.
“Coach Miles was pretty impressed that I could go both ways,” he said. “He said the offer could come at cornerback or receiver. I have thought about playing some defense since I played some there during the season, but I never really excelled at it. My dad says with my size and intangibles I should be a DB, and I do like to hit and cover. I had watched a DVD of some drills that Patrick Peterson was going through, and I sort of imitated them for the coaches, and I guess I just picked up on things quickly.”
While it’s too soon to pick a position, Jefferson feels the same way about a college. With offers now in from Houston and LSU, the rising junior wants to continue to weigh his options as the next year progresses.
“As for a commitment somewhere, it’s still too early to decide,” he said. “The LSU offer is a big one and they are my top team, but I’m still young and have time to think on everything. I am definitely honored though. Being able to have the option to follow in my brother’s footsteps and play at the home state school is huge for me and my family.”