KJ Jefferson Completes Visit to Arkansas

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By Otis Kirk

Sardis (Miss.) North Panola quarterback KJ Jefferson officially visited Arkansas this weekend. 

Jefferson is the type quarterback who fits exactly what Chad Morris and Joe Craddock are wanting to do with the offense. How did the visit go?

“I had a really good time on my official visit,” Jefferson said. “Me, being committed to Arkansas, they really showed me a good time. It was a great atmosphere, the players were great, it was a great feeling.”

Jefferson was hosted by Arkansas running back Rakeem Boyd. Another recruit who was on the visit was Jefferson (Texas) wide receiver T.Q. Jackson. How is your relationship with him?

“My relationship with TQ is great,” Jefferson said. “All the commits are in a group chat and all of us just talk and bond. TQ and I bonded the whole visit.”

During the visit did you get to spend a lot of time with Craddock?

“Spending more time with Craddock was good since he’s my position coach,” Jefferson said. “Having a really tight bond with coach Craddock really amazes me.”

There was four offensive linemen on campus including two who are uncommitted. Did you work on them some?

“I was staying on those offensive linemen 24/7, encouraging them to make the right decision,” Jefferson said. “If Arkansas is the best move for them then commit, if not, just make the right decision for you, follow your heart, put it in God’s hands.”

This recruiting class is ranked especially high by the recruiting services. What are your impressions of the class?

“I think our recruiting class will really get things off the ground because of the athletes we have in,” Jefferson said. “All different areas. We can do what Chad Morris needs us to do, run his offense, do what he needs us to do on and off the field, so I feel like it’s a very good recruiting class coming to Arkansas.”

Jefferson was limited during the playoffs because of an ankle injury. How is it now?

“My ankle is alright, it’s a little achy, I’ll do more therapy before the all-star game,” Jefferson said. 

Jefferson had hoped to graduate early from high school and enroll at Arkansas at midterm. But that won’t happen now. He explained why on Sunday.

“I started online classes but I did it too late so it was going to be impossible to get in early,” Jefferson said. “It was a lot of hours and just too difficult to get everything in by Dec. 5”

The quarterback situation at Arkansas. You have said you plan on competing for the job when you get here. Talk about the situation with Arkansas’ quarterbacks and you trying to start as a true freshman.

“I’m just going to take that situation one day at a time,” Jefferson said. “When I get up here I’m just going to have fun and compete. Soak up all the knowledge from the older guys and do my best to compete. I’ll be working on my footwork for the college level and mainly just having fun before I get here.”

Jefferson committed to the Hogs on May 18. As a senior, Jefferson completed 166 of 245 passes for 3,180 yards and 37 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. He also rushed 115 times for 916 yards and seven touchdowns. 

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