DC Jefferson, one of the top QB prospects in the nation, has committed to play his college football for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The 4-star recruit and #9 QB prospect in the nation decided to end his recruitment this evening.
SOR caught up with Yolanda Lane, DC's mom tonight. "We have been keeping in touch with Coach McNulty for some time now. He was DC's main recruiter. When DC went up to Rutgers for camp, he was just comfortable with his experience up there. He knew these were a group of people and a system where he felt he could really succeed in. He told me he did not think of Rutgers all that much before the camp. But when he came back, he knew it was the right place for him. There were some things that we needed to discuss and work through upon his return to Florida. And when we spoke to Coach McNulty tonight, we discussed it being the right fit. He told us he has an opportunity to become a special player and person at Rutgers".Jefferson is a young man who possesses arguably the most upside of any QB in the nation. At 6'6 241 pounds, he has great athleticism. He has been timed as fast as a 4.67, in the 40-yard dash. He has a vertical jump in the 33" range. And can broad jump close to 10'feet. Thus, he brings incredible explosiveness to the Rutgers program at this stage of his development. In terms of arm strength, he has a Jamarcus Russell type release, where the ball explodes out of his hand with a flick of the wrist. Jefferson has been measured throwing the ball over 80 yards in the air!!! That type of arm strength, combined with the top flight speed the Rutgers program has been accruing at the skill positions, will create a big weapon for the Scarlet Knights in the future.
The knock on Jefferson has been his consistency. He was without question, the top QB at the South Florida Scout.com combine. This event consisted to two excellent prospects that competed in the prestigious Elite 11, Jacory Harris and Star Jackson. With a plethora of top notch talent at the event, Jefferson was the show. He was accurate. He made all the throws. And he wowed the spectators with his arsenal of throws, including a 60 yard laser in to the corner of the end zone for a TD.
Then at the Elite 11 event in South Florida, Jefferson had a flare-up of some back spasms. He tried to gut through the event, but struggled. His balls wobbled. His throwing motion and mechanics were inconsistent. This performance made him take a hit in some of the national recruiting rankings.
Jefferson rehabbed the back and then attended several summer camps. According to many observers, he was "solid" whenever he hit the field.
Now DC is healthy and raring to go for a big senior season. "Our team is going through some two-a-days right now. We are working really hard. We have some big goals to accomplish. We want to have a big year and not leave anything on the field." DC said.
Rutgers tonight has answered a question to one of their most pressing needs in this recruitment class- to find a QB with the right skill set, leadership, and attitude to continue on its' quest to becoming a consistent upper-echelon college program.