Jefferson enjoys first taste of OU

OU didn't have many linebackers on campus for junior day but one of them was top target Pernell Jefferson.

New Orleans Warren Easton Charter linebacker Pernell Jefferson had heard about how great Oklahoma was supposed to be from his teammate, OU signee Arthur McGinnis.

However, Jefferson needed to see it for himself. He got that chance Saturday at OU’s junior day, and the Sooners made a positive first impression.

“It was a really amazing experience,” Jefferson said. “The campus was beautiful, and I really liked the dorms there.”

Jefferson had been in contact with linebackers coach Tim Kish for a while, but this was the first time he had quality face-to-face time with Kish and coach Bob Stoops.

It was a football event, but it was actually the basketball game that resonated the most with Jefferson. The junior day attendees were there for OU’s dramatic last-second win against Kansas when Buddy Hield hit the game-winner with .2 seconds remaining.

“The basketball game was great,” Jefferson said. “The fans there were incredible. They won the game at the last second, and it was a great experience.”

There were a lot of OU fans hoping Jefferson would join McGinnis in pledging to OU over the weekend. Jefferson said the thought crossed his mind, but he wants to see more of his options.

OU was among the first schools to offer, but schools like Texas Tech and TCU are also in the picture. Jefferson arrived early enough to see OU’s first practice Saturday morning, and he definitely liked what he saw.

“I liked the way they got after it for just a first day,” Jefferson said. “It was intense. I talked to Eric Striker, and he welcomed me here and told me how this is the right place for me and to consider OU.”

Jefferson said because of the visit, he has even more interest in the OU program even if Stoops wasn’t exactly who he thought he would be. He intends to make it a second visit to campus sooner than later.

“He was a little more than what I thought he would be,” Jefferson said. “He wasn’t a typical head coach. He wasn’t saying anything about promising a starting spot. He said I would have to work for it.

“He tells you exactly what is going to happen. He doesn’t tell you what you want to hear, he tells you exactly how it is. I liked that a lot.”


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