We're one day away.
Friday marks the day all LSU incoming freshmen report to campus, preparing themselves for summer class sessions and plenty of workouts conducted by strength and conditioning coach Tommy Moffitt.
TSD has an update on Rickey Jefferson. He will report to campus on Saturday.
Here is a detailed look at Jefferson's path to becoming a Tiger and how he projects as a first-year player for LSU.
There was never a question of talent when it came to Destrehan standout Rickey Jefferson. It was always more about where he would play on the field at the next level. For the longest time it appeared that answer was wide receiver. Numerous programs around the country viewed Jefferson on the offensive side of the ball, where he had made his name most prior to tearing an ACL during his junior season. Others, like LSU, thought he'd fit best in the secondary.
While this debate went on, Jefferson stockpiled double-digit offers from schools including Arkansas, Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC. But, in November 2011, Jefferson told Scout.com that LSU and Alabama were his favorites. He successfully rehabbed his injury and, while working out at LSU's Elite Camp, committed to Les Miles and the Tigers on July 15, 2012. Jefferson was a solid commitment from that point forward, stirring up no drama in his recruitment. He took an official visit to LSU on Jan. 18, 2012, and signed a National Letter of Intent several weeks later. Jefferson's lead recruiter was Frank Wilson.
* While there was no drama in Jefferson's recruitment post-committing, there was a newsworthy event that happened outside of picking and choosing a school. Jefferson was arrested on Feb. 2, just four days before signing his National Letter of Intent, in Metairie and charged with resisting arrest by violence. Miles has said numerous times since he wasn't aware of the incident when Jefferson signed. TSD has been informed that Jefferson will report to campus on Saturday and has been cleared to join the team.
A four-star player by Scout.com, Jefferson has a great skill set that translates to both wide receiver and defensive back. The official LSU roster has him listed at 5-foot-10 and 187 pounds, and the best 40-yard dash time on file listed for him is 4.55 seconds. So Jefferson has very good, but not elite speed. What he does have in spades is great body control. As a wide receiver it helped him within the framework of route-running and keeping his body in best position to catch the ball.
As a defensive back, where he'll play at LSU, it will help him with balance and staying in the right position to make a play on the ball against taller receivers. The Tigers' staff originally recruited Jefferson as a cornerback, but, depending on how the numbers shake out, he's a possible candidate to wind up at safety. If he is to end up in the back, I think a good comparison for Jefferson (maybe his upside) is Brandon Taylor. He'll have to pack on some pounds and muscle to get there, but Jefferson has the skills.
Jefferson is one of those incoming freshmen whose immediate impact is tough to gauge. Based on the way LSU and John Chavis have liberally used first-year players the past few seasons, it would stand to reason that Jefferson would play some in 2013, avoiding a redshirt. But it's also easy to see how the flipside could be true with him, especially given that he'll be learning all the nuances of playing either cornerback or safety, neither of which was his primary position in high school.
Right now, as we stand in June, my best guess is that Jefferson ends up moving to safety, participates on a lot of the team's kick coverage units and does not take a redshirt. The numbers simply point toward LSU needing another safety. Now, if Jefferson comes in, shows his coverage skills are elite and immediately leaves redshirt freshmen like Kavahra Holmes, Derrick Raymond and Dwayne Thomas in the dust, he'll be at corner. Anything short of that and the Tigers already have enough young bodies at cornerback.
Before the players report to LSU on June 7th, TSD is taking a look back at the class of 2013 and providing analysis on each member. In case you missed it, the full list of updates is below.
DE Michael Patterson
DE Lewis Neal
DE Tashawn Bower
WR Kevin Spears
OL K.J. Malone
CB Tre'Davious White
LB Kendell Beckwith
DEF Melvin Jones
OG Josh Boutte
DT Greg Gilmore
DE Frank Herron
TE Desean Smith
DT Maquedius Bain
LB Duke Riley
ATH Jeryl Brazil
OL Andy Dodd
Signee Update: Rickey Jefferson
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