Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: 13
Size: 6-2, 165
Hometown: (Ravenwood HS)
Projected position at OM: Wide Receiver
Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... Rated a 4-star prospect by all the major recruiting services ... Member of the ESPN 300 and Scout National 300 ... Listed as the No. 100 overall prospect in the nation by Scout.com ... Listed as the No. 11 wide receiver in the nation by 247Sports.com and No. 13 by Scout.com ... Rated the No. 2 overall prospect in Tennessee by Scout.com, No. 5 by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com ... Participated in Nike's The Opening camp ... Named a finalist for Tennessee's Mr. Football in the back category for Class AAA ... Garnered Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State and The Tennessean All-Midstate honors, hauling in 67 catches for 1,223 yards and 13 touchdowns, helping lead Ravenwood to a 14-1 record and a Class AAAAAA runner-up finish ... Totaled 87 catches for 1,251 yards and 14 TDs as a junior... Listed No. 3 on The Tennesseean's Dandy Dozen ... Coached in high school by Will Hester ... Son of Shawn Jefferson, who played 13 years in the NFL as a wide receiver and has coached in the NFL as a wide receivers coach for the Detroit Lions and most recently the Tennessee Titans.
Recruiting Competition: Limited space and ink does not allow listing all the offers Van had, but it is probably safe to say his final four were Ole Miss, Georgia, Michigan and Oklahoma. After committing to Ole Miss, Michigan and Georgia made the biggest pushes for his services, but in the end he stuck with the Rebs.
Jefferson: "My main attributes are speed and route-running. I am also very competitive and like to win. I fell in love with football at an early age watching my Father play in the NFL and coach in the NFL. My dream is to one day play in the league. Recruiting was stressful but I fell in love with Ole Miss a while back. My dad at the time didn't me to go there, but we came with an agreement as a family today that Ole Miss is the best place for me. I couldn't be anymore happy about my decision. It's just the perfect offense with me with the perfect coaching staff and perfect school. What else could I ask for?"
Scouting Report: Jefferson is a very polished wide receiver. He runs sharp and crisp routes and he really sinks his hips and bursts out of his breaks. He catches the ball very naturally, he catches the ball away from his body, and he shows great concentration. He can catch the ball in traffic or go up and get the ball. Strength and donwfield speed are areas he can improve on, but his speed is deceptive.
Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “Van gets in and out of cuts as well as any high school receiver I have seen. His Father, a great receiver in his own right, has taught him well and Van is obviously more polished than most receivers coming out of high school in his understanding of the game of football. A great get for us.”
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