Vols in early on junior 4-star?

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Van Jefferson practically grew up with a football in his hands.

Jefferson, the son of Tennessee Titans wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson, is praised for his football IQ and route-running skills and has received more than seven scholarship offers as a result in his still budding recruitment.

The Class of 2015 FOX Sports/Scout four-star's latest offer came from Auburn on Oct. 15.

"Recruitment is going well. It's getting hectic every now and then and it's really starting to pick up," Jefferson told InsideTennessee. "But my mom keeps me grounded. I have to give all the glory to God."

While Jefferson admittedly grew up an Ohio State fan, he is still weighing all his options and has far from eliminated any schools from the race for his skills.

"(Ohio State has) a lot of good receivers come out of there, but right now I'm looking at all schools," the 6-foot-2, 170-pounder said. "Ohio State is just one of the schools I've really liked for a long time. I'm still looking at everyone, though. No one is out or anything."

That said, Ohio State, Tennessee, Penn State and Vanderbilt have jumped out to the youngster early.

Jefferson cited his relationship with Tennessee wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni as one of the main reasons the Vols stick out to him.

"I like coach Azzanni, the receivers coach over (at Tennessee)," Jefferson said. "He's a great coach. He coaches his guys physical. He wants them to be the best and he coaches them to be the best. You know that's what I'm trying to do, get to the next level. I know he'll help me out with that. I just really love the way he coaches.

"I call him every once in a while. We talk about everything from football to just life. He helps me out a lot. He talks about my game and talks to me about Tennessee. He's a great coach. I like him."

Jefferson watched from home as the Vols downed then-ninth-ranked South Carolina. The victory served as material evidence for the nation's No. 31 wideout that Butch Jones will turn the Tennessee program around.

"I did, I did. I like those all orange uniforms. Those are pretty sweet. I like their offense and I like Marquez North. He's a beast. It was a huge, awesome win," Jefferson told IT. "I definitely believe (Butch Jones) is going to turn it around. The way he is recruiting, they have a top three class coming in after this year, he is definitely doing something big after this year. I might be a part of it."

Jefferson raved about Tennessee's first year headman immediately after his Ravenwood Raptors downed archrival Brentwood 22-21 last weekend.

"(Jones') demeanor is great. (Tennessee's) record is not that good, but everyone believes in him. I believe in him," Jefferson said. "He's going to change that program. He sticks out to me a lot."

Jefferson said he frequently hears from Tennessee commit Vic Wharton, who plays just 15 miles down the road at Independence High School.

"Vic just told me he wants me to be there at Tennessee and play there," Jefferson said. "But I have a lot of time to make that decision. Vic is a great guy, though, and a great player. Those guys talk to me about it."

Jefferson currently resides in Tennessee, but he's not about to call the Volunteer State home.

The coach's son has moved several times, with the longest stop being in Detroit as his father climbed the Lions' coaching pole. He has only attended Ravenwood High School since April and is unsure of his plans should Titans coach Mike Munchak be fired after the season.

"It's just a part of it," Jefferson said.

The well-traveled wideout plans to trip to Tennessee, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Penn State and Ole Miss "real soon."

Jefferson said academics and early playing will be the keys in his recruitment.

Tennessee fields roughly 14 freshmen per game. Jefferson said coaches emphasize the fact that he'd likely see the field sooner rather than later if he penned a Letter of Intent with the Vols.

"They said I could be an impact if I come in," Jefferson said. "…That sounds great but I still have to talk to my parents and God and see where he wants me to go."

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