"I hope to play as a true freshman, the playing time depends on how much work I put in," says Jefferson. "There's not a lot of guys my size that can run a 4.4."
His high school team finished 12-2 and lost in the third round of the state playoffs for his senior year. He posted 44 catches, 848 yards, and ten touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Four times he carried the ball on reverses for over 60 yards. All these statistics shows he has blazing speed and great instincts.
Jefferson came from the same high school that Pre-Season All-American Ted Ginn Jr. did, the former Ohio State WR and projected first round pick. Jefferson has had a role model since the time he entered high school in his Cleveland, OH.
"No, he didn't at all try and get me to go to Ohio State," when Jefferson was asked if Ginn tried to recruit for his alma mater. "He wanted me to just keep my head up, manage myself the right way, go to class, the that you will be on the field."
He really never had Ohio State in his mind when choosing a program. He narrowed down his final four choices to Iowa, Michigan State, Indiana and Wisconsin. The reason he choose the Badgers was not only because of the great success the team had this year, but also because he liked what he saw from the coaches and the school.
Wisconsin Badgers' Head Coach Bret Bielema convinced Jefferson that he can help the team, "He said I can come in and make a big impact, if I come in ready to work, put in time and effort you need to be ready on field."
The success that the Badgers had in 2006 played a part in his decision to come to Wisconsin. With the Badgers going 12-1 and winning the Capital One Bowl, Jefferson will be playing for a team that has great success recently and hopes for it to continue.
He also has talked with WR Paul Hubbard about attending Wisconsin. Yet, he isn't worried that the current WR core will be returning entirely next year.
"No, not at all, I'm different, I know I'm gonna have to work hard, I like having them in front of me, they can show me what it takes and how it feels," stated Jefferson about playing behind all the returning receivers on the team.
He realizes he needs to hit the weight room, make his routes crisper and develop a better understanding of playing wide receiver at the next level. He hopes to do all that before he hits campus in 2007. He is without a doubt happy to be coming to Wisconsin.
"The school was the best fit for me, a great school. Academically, I fell for the school," said the emphatic future Badger.