WHAT TO LIKE: As the second defensive lineman committed to the Mountaineers for the class of 2015, Jefferson brings numerous qualities. The most notable asset is his overall experience. Having signed with Louisville in 2013. he made his way to Itawamba Community College in Mississippi, where he’s entering his second full season.
The 6-foot-5, 230 pound, defender, recorded 32 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks last season. Thus far in 2014 he’s tallied three sacks in two games. His speed around the edge allows quick access into the backfield. Don’t be fooled, though, Jefferson can’t be labeled solely as a pass-rusher. His uses his speed ability to roam sideline to sideline to cover the opposition in the flats allowing his to be used in all downs within the defensive unit.
"I make plays all over the field," Jefferson told BlueGoldNews.com when asked to quantify his strengths. "I can get to the passer, but I can drop back in coverage and chase guys down. West Virginia said they might play me as an outside linebacker or a defensive end."
POSSIBLE CONCERNS: As much as his speed is used to his benefit, Jefferson will need to strengthen his body on the next level. The question looms about being able to compete with his current physical stature in the Big 12 conference which boasts some of the nation's most talented offensive lineman.
As a junior college prospect it’s likely not in the cards for Jefferson to use a redshirt. The likely idea will be to find a way onto the field even if he's only available to contribute minimally. The offseason will be crucial to his development as a player and determine how he can transition and be used next season. Jefferson has also been suspended this year for two games for an on the field scuffle, but that doesn't appear to be a big issue.
Jefferson's flip, his second such over a period of two months, has to be a bit of a worry. He did say that his commitment to the Mountaineers was "official" at this point, but it's still two months until Signing Day.
OVERALL ANALYSIS: West Virginia desperately needed an experienced defensive lineman in this class, and believes it struck gold with Larry Jefferson. Simply put, the Scout.com three-star brings the quality to contend for playing time next season, and he's on track to graduate in December, meaning he will be on the field for spring practice. While there could be some concern about his overall development, it’s clear the Mountaineers landed a winner.
Jefferson's commitment brings WVU's firm total to 23 in the Class of 2015.