Jefferson Is Becoming A National Recruit

Itawamba is loaded with talented players in the 2015 class and one, DE Larry Jefferson (6-5, 230) is already proving to be one of the most highly-sought players on the Indians' roster. The gifted pass-rusher already has six offers to his name and more could be on their way once schools get a look at him this spring...

"Right now I have six offers -- California, Kansas State, South Alabama, South Florida, Utah State and West Virginia," Jefferson told over the weekend. "I've also been talking to a lot more schools that said they are going to be by to see me this spring and they will probably offer too."

Those schools include several SEC and Big 12 programs as well as ones from the Pac 12 and Big Ten.

"I like the SEC, but I don't have to stay here in the south," Jefferson said. "I'm open to going anywhere if it's the right fit for me and, honestly, I think it would be kinda fun to live in a different part of the country, but it's just important that I find the right fit for me, wherever that is."

As a freshman this past season, Jefferson, while working his way into the defensive line rotation, posted 5.5 sacks to go along with 32 tackles and 13.5 tackles-for-loss. He also forced two fumbles.

"I'm at my best rushing the quarterback," Jefferson said matter-of-factly. "My get-off is real good and I have good moves and speed, so that helps me get to the quarterback or at least get pressure on him to help my team out.

"I definitely want to get stronger for this coming season and also get bigger. A lot of that is eating right and just lifting and working out and I've been doing that non-stop the past few months, so I think it will pay off."

Back in February of 2013, Jefferson signed with Louisville after a solid prep career at Banneker (College Park, Ga.) High School, but he was unable to qualify, so he decided to head to Itawamba and get his academics in order and he said things worked out for the best in the long run for him.

"Honestly, I was disappointed, but now that coach (Charlie) Strong isn't there anymore, it actually worked out better because I would be playing for a coaching staff that didn't recruit me," Jefferson said.

Besides being a budding star on the gridiron, Jefferson has also shone well in the classroom and is on pace to get his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two following the 2014 football season.

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