Chris Jefferson had been contemplating committing to SMU for a few weeks now. But the Athens outside linebacker wanted to make sure he saw everything in person before making a final decision.
So this week, he made the trip up to Dallas for an unofficial visit and was blown away by the campus and the facilities. Needless to say, he pulled the trigger on the spot and is now the newest member of SMU's 2014 class.
"I had seen the school online, but I wanted see everything for myself. When I was touring the campus, I really like what I saw, and my parents were really into it," he said. "I love to work out and the weight room was great. I met a few players that were in there working out, and everybody just seemed like great people. The George W. Bush library was really cool too. It was just a great experience."
Earlier this spring, SMU defensive line coach Bert Hill visited Jefferson in Athens twice and kept in contact throughout the last month. That strong relationship made Jefferson's decision that much easier.
"I really like Coach Hill. He's a great guy. We sat down and talked about everything, and I told him I wanted to commit. He was really excited and was shaking my hand every five minutes," Jefferson said. "I was really excited too. SMU is a great school, and it just seemed like I place I want to be at."
At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, Jefferson is expected to line up at outside linebacker in SMU's 3-4 defensive scheme. But he also has experience playing safety.
"I didn't get to talk to Coach (Tom) Mason about it so I don't really know where I'm going to play yet," Jefferson said. "But I would definitely feel comfortable at outside linebacker. I love to get to the quarterback, and I feel like I have a lot of speed coming off the edge."
Colorado State, TCU, Texas Tech, Tulsa and UTEP have all shown strong interest in Jefferson and may offer in the near future. But for now, he says his commitment to SMU is solid.
"I'm pretty sure about it," he said. "There is always a chance something comes up, but I'm really serious about SMU so I'm pretty solid."
With his decision out of the way, Jefferson will now turn his attention to his senior campaign.
"This year we have a chance to prove people wrong. We have a good group of seniors, and my goal is to make sure me make it to state," he said. "I want to make sure we make history and leave a legacy behind."
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