Jefferson Surprised by Texas Tech Offer

Texas Tech offered New Orleans (La.) Easton 2016 linebacker Pernell Jefferson on Thursday. caught up with him later that day for his reaction.

Texas Tech, specifically cornerbacks coach Kevin Curtis, is a regular in the halls of New Orleans (La.) Easton High School, so he isn't a stranger to Pernell Jefferson.

In fact, he and Curtis had spoken a couple times in the past when the coach was there to recruit some of Jefferson's teammates. On Thursday, Curtis called to speak with Jefferson specifically to extend the offer and it took the defensive end/linebacker prospect by surprise.

"Well, he usually comes around the school to recruit others and we'll make small talk but he never came to talk to me," Jefferson said. "That's why it was so unexpected. I was there (in the past) to see how he does business and what type of person he is."

Those "small talks" Jefferson and Curtis had in the past and prior dealings with Jefferson's high school teammates such as Tyron Johnson, Arthur McGinnis and Clyde Leflore are paying off for Tech.

"He's [Curtis] a nice guy who takes pride in how he handles his recruits," Jefferson said. "He tells people what they should work on, how he views them and what he'll do to make sure they're successful."

Jefferson added he is "going to do some homework on them but from what I'm hearing from my teammates they're a nice program."

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound defensive end/outside linebacker isn't sure exactly where Tech sees him playing in their system, but said he plans on talking with Curtis more about it on his next visit to Easton.

In addition to the one from Tech, Jefferson holds offers from Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Missouri.

Though Curtis and Texas Tech failed to land a recruit from Louisiana in the 2015 class, Jefferson (though he wasn't named specifically) is exactly the type of prospect where the prior efforts could pay off for the Red Raiders in the future.

"I think we're going (to continue) to recruit all over," said Curtis earlier this month. "You put effort into a lot of guys and at the end of the day you sign anywhere from 20-25 guys and the guys that you end up getting are the right type of guys for you and the program.

"We were in it with a lot of guys (in the 2015 class) and a lot of guys came to campus that maybe don't normally come to campus. This business is still a relationship business. We are going to continue to talk to guys and get as many great, quality guys into this program."

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