Signing Day Spotlight
Riko Jeffers, Linebacker, Sachse (Texas)
Size: 6-1, 235
Recruiting: Jeffers committed in late October to Texas Tech, which he chose over offers from programs such as Boise State, Colorado, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, and Washington State, among others.
Rankings: Scout ranks Jeffers as the No. 3 inside linebacker prospect in the state of Texas for the 2017 class, as well as No. 26 at his position nationally.
2016: Jeffers enjoyed a big senior season as he registered 141 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, five sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, 14 QB hurries, and six pass breakups for an 11-1 Sachse team that reached the second round of the Texas Class 6A Division I playoffs.
Flashing the ability to line up at just about any linebacker spot for his high school team, Riko Jeffers is a high-motor defender who projects best to an inside/middle linebacker position at the next level.
Aggressive player who looks for the big hit and can separate the ball from the offensive player. Shows ability to pressure the quarterback as a blitzer from both the A-gap and the edge when needed. Good sideline-to-sideline instincts for an ILB. Adequate size.
Aware in coverage and possesses good ball skills for his position, but at his best as a downhill player. Penchant for the big hit can occasionally affect tackling technique and consistency. Sometimes stands up at the snap, but does a good job fighting through traffic.
Overall, a player whose skills translate to multiple schemes. - Gabe Brooks
- Blitzing ability
- Hitting ability
Areas to Improve
- Tackling technique