Jefferson Wants to Learn More About PSU

The Tennessee Class of 2015 receiver is looking forward to an upcoming visit to Happy Valley.

Van Jefferson says he does not yet have a top five or any way to narrow his 12 scholarship offers just yet.

That decision with his family and coaches will come in a couple of weeks. So will visits, and what the Brentwood (Tenn.) class of 2015 receiver does have is a list of visits he will make during his school's spring break.

"I think I'm getting better with gaining weight, working on my route running, and having better hand-eye coordination," Jefferson said of his offseason gains. "I feel like I'm making progress in my recruiting, but I still have to prove myself pretty much every week running track.

"I'm progressing, but I still have to get better and stay humble. I just feel like I'm doing good."

Jefferson earned his first offer at a Penn State Advanced Skill Camp last summer, and has steadily picked up interest since.

He credits his father, former NFL receiver and current Tennessee Titans receivers' coach Shawn, with the development that helped him earn that offer and the ones that followed. And though the Nittany Lion staff that offered him is no longer in-town, a familiar face in former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, who offered him at Vanderbilt, and his staff, have kept in contact.

"I've talked to [Penn State receivers] Coach [Josh] Gattis, and he told me I still have a scholarship from them and stuff like that," Van Jefferson said. "Him saying stuff like that made me feel great because they offered me at Vanderbilt, and then went to Penn State and offered me, too.

"Coach Gattis and my dad are real good friends, and I know what I' going to get out of Coach Franklin. Coach Gattis is always good, and that's huge."

The receiver said he hopes to see how Franklin's vision as the Commodores leader will continue in University Park when he visits in a few weeks. A firm date is undetermined, but Jefferson has learned a bit more about the program through former Penn State receiver Allen Robinson, who played with him at both prospects former high school, Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's.

"I just want to see pretty much how he's going to transfer from the SEC to the Big Ten, and how he's going to continue his success and stuff like that," Jefferson said. "I want to see what receivers they have with losing Allen, and I want to see how they're going to progress and things like that.

"I want to get a feel for the staff. I've been talking to them fairly frequently, and am looking forward to meeting them in person."

Brentwood will enter a week long spring hiatus March 14, and not longer after, the Jefferson family will fly to Michigan and pick up a rental car. Stops at Purdue, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina Clemson, and Mississippi will follow.

A decision looms for the three-star, who said he would like to decide by mid-April ideally, but definitely before the start of his senior season. He cited his father's advice, and desire to not have the recruiting process distract him during his senior season, as reasons why.

"My father has always wanted me to get it done before the season, and also my coach so I don't have to stress about things," Jefferson said. "That's something I wanted to get done before my last year."

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