Good things come to those who wait, and that’s precisely what occurred with Justin Jefferson and his long-winding recruitment.
Jefferson, one of Louisiana’s most well-known yet underrecruited wide receivers from the 2017 class, has committed to LSU and will report to campus in June with the other members of last year’s signing class.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect from Destrehan (La.) High School is, of course, the youngest of the three Jefferson boys, including former Tigers quarterback Jordan Jefferson and former Tigers defensive back Rickey Jefferson.
Jefferson was waiting on an offer from LSU since he camped at the school in July and put on a memorable performance. He did not sign with a program due to his grades, but after finishing his senior year out strong with all As and a B, he is anxious for his next step.
“After being around there for so long and my brothers being there, it felt like home for the past eight years,” Jefferson told SEC Country. “Coach O — he always talks to me. He’s a cool coach, and with all the different coaches coming through, they were cool and been talking to me. It seemed good. It seemed like I fit in.”
Jefferson finished his senior year on May 5. He remained in touch with both the LSU and Oregon coaching staffs for much of the year.
It was a bit of a transition having been first recruited by Dameyune Craig and now Mickey Joseph. However, Joseph and head man Ed Orgeron remained in regular communication with both Jefferson and the Destrehan High coaches to pounce on the wide receiver as soon as he qualified academically.
“Relief, relief, relief,” Jefferson admitted. “It’s hard not knowing if you’re going to finish out the year at the beginning. Now that it’s at the end, knowing I had all the grades, it’s just relieving.”
“It was tough with different schools coming at me,” he added. “It was about what school I preferred. LSU reports in June, so I had to make up my mind soon.”
The long-winding process that spanned from July through May certainly took a toll on Jefferson. He put in time in the classroom and endured an even lengthier recruiting process just so that he could follow his dreams.
After coming out successful, the chance to be a Tiger in one month feels all the more rewarding. The third brother to play for LSU and to do so by overcoming so pretty hefty odds was all worth it.
“It went pretty well,” Jefferson explained. “I was focused on making sure everything was right in order for me to be eligible to go to college. It was really progressing quickly and now, everything is good. Still, it’s the same goals, the same mindset. I have to go there and work and contribute to the team. I have to think that no one is better than me and I have to work hard to do what I want to do.”
Jefferson is a late addition to LSU’s 2017 class. That bolsters the size to 26 members, including Texas Tech transfer Breiden Fehoko and N.C. State transfer Thaddeus Moss.