Surging Dawgs Get WR Jefferson

Surging Dawgs Get WR Jefferson

Georgia surged from behind to get the commitment of four-star Ravenwood (Brentwood, Tenn.) WR Van Jefferson on Monday.

The Bulldogs had trailed Ohio State and in-state Tennessee, but Georgia’s recruiting momentum seems to be too much to hold back these days.

The key to Van Jefferson’s recruitment swing appears to have been his father’s relationship with Georgia defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. Rocker and Shawn Jefferson were on the Tennessee Titians coaching staff last fall. The elder Jefferson continues to coach wide receivers for the Titians.

Jefferson’s commitment puts Georgia one step closer to the top of Scout.com's national recruiting rankings. The Bulldogs now have 22 verbal commitments and are ranked No. 3 in the country in recruiting. Jefferson is considered a four-star prospect at receiver and is “very polished” according to national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons of Scout.com.

“He runs sharp and crisp routes and he really sinks his hips and bursts out of his breaks,” Simmons said. “He catches the ball very naturally, he catches the ball away from his body, and he shows great concentration. He can catch the ball in traffic or go up and get the ball.”

Jefferson, 6-3, 172 pounds, is considered the No. 24 receiver in the country and the No. 179 overall prospect in the country. He was named the Wide Receiver MVP at the Birmingham Nike Football Training Camp and was invited to Nike's The Opening.

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