Jefferson enjoys visit

LSU commitment Rickey Jefferson took in the Baton Rouge campus on his official visit last weekend. Jefferson had a chance to discuss his role on the team for his freshman season, and Jefferson liked what he heard.

It would be an understatement to say that LSU commitment Rickey Jefferson is familiar with the Baton Rouge campus. The 6-0 185 pound Jefferson has had a constant presence around the LSU football program for the last several years, given the fact that his older brother Jordan spent the better part of his college career as the starting quarterback for the Tigers.

Over the weekend, the Destrehan High School product took his official visit to Baton Rouge, and got a chance to experience LSU in a way that he had yet to see. Jefferson explained that the visit just reaffirmed the reasons that he decided to commit to his home state school.

"It was a fun time," said Jefferson. "I had a lot of time to speak with the coaches and things like that. We are all like family. They treated us really well, my family and I."

"They make sure they feed everyone well. I don't think anyone knows how to put on an official visit better than LSU. It was great to be around everyone down there with my family again."

One of the highlights of the weekend was when Jefferson had a chance to sit down with the LSU coaching staff to figure out what they have in store for him once he arrives on campus. Jefferson explained that even though he will be a first-year player, the coaches expect to see him develop into a leader very quickly.

"They told me that they have big plans for me in the defensive backfield," said Jefferson. "They said they would be moving me around a lot. They want me to come in ready to play and they said they would rely on me heavily for leadership."

"They will rely on me a lot for that because my brother went there and I know what it takes to see the field at LSU, in terms of hard work and things like that."

It has been known for quite some time that Jefferson will line up on the defensive side of the ball for the Tigers.

The bigger question is, where exactly will he fit into the defensive backfield? Jefferson explained that the LSU staff answered that question this weekend, and he knows what it will take to fill that role for the Tigers on defense.

"They just said that I will be expected to contribute at safety, cornerback, and at nickel-back," said Jefferson. "Personally, I want to develop into a three or four down cornerback. God has a plan for me though, and I want to do whatever it will take to help the team out."

"I think I will start out at corner because that is what the coaches told me while I was on my visit. Whatever the case, I will work hard to get into the rotation because I hate sitting on the sideline."

While he now knows what position he will start his career at for LSU, Jefferson explained that he could now move into his preparations for the college game.

Jefferson hopes that he can provide an energy boost to an LSU secondary that was very inconsistent in 2012, whether it is in a game or not.

"I plan on being a leader and bringing a little swag back to the program," said Jefferson. "I want to bring back what Tyrann Mathieu brought to the secondary. I really look forward to trying to turn things up in that part of the game."

"I look to contribute early, but I will contribute wherever they need me, on the game field, or the practice field."

During his official visit, Jefferson was hosted by freshman running back Jeremy Hill. Jefferson explained that Hill and another player, who is a close family friend, showed him a great time throughout the weekend.

"I had a lot of good experiences and a lot of funny things happened," said Jefferson. "Jeremy Hill was my host and I had a great time with him and Avery Johnson. Avery used to spend time at my house while his brother was playing at LSU with my brother. I can't wait to get there and work hard to achieve great things with those guys."


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