Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze longed for depth at wide receiver this season. The need for that depth showed up at the end of the year when both Laquon Treadwell and Vince Sanders had gone down with injuries.
The coming of Van Jefferson, who committed last night, is a big step in helping build that depth for the future.
Jefferson may or may not play as a freshman. He’s listed at 6-1, 166 by Rivals, which also rates him as a four-star prospect.
What he gives the Rebels immediately, though, is a kid who will be ahead of many first-year guys as a technician.
That’s one of the big selling points for Jefferson right now, his route running, and that’s not a big surprise for a guy whose father is an NFL wide receivers coach, Shawn Jefferson with the Titans.
Rivals rates Jefferson the No. 13 wide receiver in the country, the No. 6 player in Tennessee where he played at Ravenwood High School in Brentwood.
Here’s what Jefferson’s high school coach, Will Hester, told John Davis about Jefferson a few weeks ago: “He understands the game as well as anybody I’ve ever been around. He is like a coach on the field. He can come off after a series, and we can discuss the types of looks that he’s getting and the type of leverage the defensive backs are playing with and the plays that will best suit or take advantage of that.”
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze hopes to pad his depth futher with DeMarkus Lodge, a four-star receiver out of Cedar Hill, Texas, the same high school Quincy Adeboyejo attended.
Jefferson is currently the only wide receiver committed in a class of 18 commits ranked No. 18 by Rivals.