February 14, 2012

Speed, versatility helps Jefferson get noticed

Killeen Shoemaker running back Johnny Jefferson has speed.

The kind of speed that might make a coach rewind his film to get a second look at his sustained burst and endurance.

With a hand-clocked 40-time of 4.3 and bests of 22.08 in the 200 meters and 10.6 in the 100 meters, the 5-foot-11, 195 pound multi-position standout has the speed that can't be ignored by opposing or college coaches.

UCLA and Notre Dame recently took enough of a liking to offer Jefferson, who has received attention from several other schools as well including TCU, Arizona, Texas A&M, SMU, Houston and Oklahoma State.

Jefferson will take part in the Cowboys' junior day this weekend before making the trip to Fort Worth for TCU's junior day on Feb. 25.

When asked how much attention the Frogs have paid him as of late, the reigning District 12-5A track champion didn't hesitate.

"A lot," he said. "They contacted my coach. They want me to come to their one-day junior camp and to make sure I keep in contact with them."

Jefferson, who said he is being recruited by Frogs receivers coach Trey Haverty, visited TCU last summer for a camp and liked the swagger and style of play he saw from the Frogs last season.

"They are not scared to run the ball and that's what I like about them. They take chances and they work as a team," he said.

A squad's ability to work together ranks high on Jefferson's list of what he's looking for in a program.

"The most important factor in making a decision is am I going to fit in as a teammate and are we all going to be able to work together to accomplish out goals," he said.

"Not to have one person on the team trying to do it all - have a good team effort and a good coaching staff."

He said the Bruins and Fighting Irish were impressed by his burst off the line and ability to finish runs.

That speed led to a solid junior season, stats-wise.

"I had I think 160 carries for 1,100 yards, 360 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns," he said.

Jefferson lined up at receiver, running back and ran the Wildcat for Shoemaker and even got a little time on the opposite side of the ball as well.

"I played a little bit of free safety and outside linebacker."

While Jefferson said is open to playing anywhere, he would prefer to play in the SEC or Big 12.

"I like the challenge of the big, strong athletes. Those are the best and I could see how good I am," he said.


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