Arkansas received a commitment from 2019 quarterback K.J. Jefferson on Friday.
Jefferson (6-foot-3, 210 pounds) has been the Razorbacks’ top priority at quarterback in the 2019 class for the past several months. He pledged to the Hogs over offers from Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and several other Power 5 programs.
Arkansas offered him Jan. 21, becoming the first Power-5 school to do so. In recent weeks, it had been expected that Jefferson’s commitment to the Hogs was imminent.
From North Panola High School in Sardis, Miss., Jefferson visited Arkansas twice in the spring. His high school is roughly a 5-hour, 30-minute drive from the Hogs’ campus. As a junior at North Panola, he passed for 3,028 yards and 39 touchdowns. He also ran for 1,395 yards and 11 touchdowns. Jefferson’s dual-threat ability is exactly the skill set Arkansas coach Chad Morris and offensive coordinator Joe Craddock seemingly desire to work with at quarterback.
The Hogs are not expected to sign more than one quarterback in the class. That leaves Jefferson as the only projected addition at the position for the 2019 season. Arkansas will soon have five scholarship quarterbacks on its roster — Ty Storey, Cole Kelley, Daulton Hyatt, Connor Noland and John Stephen Jones.
Noland and Jones are 2018 signees set to arrive in late May. None of the other three will be seniors in 2018. So, if Jefferson is signed, the Razorbacks would project to have six scholarship quarterbacks in 2019. That assumes no one transfers, which seems unlikely.
Jefferson is the fourth Arkansas commit in the class. He joins offensive linemen Beaux Limmer (Tyler, Texas, Robert E. Lee) and Joseph Stone (Trussville (Ala.), Hewitt-Trussville), and defensive back Malik Chavis on that list. Stone recently made a post via Twitter pitching Jefferson to join him as an Arkansas pledge.