Southern Miss quarterback Bret Jefcoat is transferring to Itawamba Community College. The former top rated quarterback in the state of Mississippi and No. 10-ranked product by Rivals.com redshirted this past season for the Golden Eagles in his first year in Hattiesburg.
Jefcoat threw for 1,321 yards on 81-of-147 passing with eight touchdowns and just two interceptions and rushed for 642 yards during his senior season (2007) for head coach Jamie Mitchell at Itawamba Agricultural High School. The 6’1, 200 pound standout can also kick and punt which earned him first team 4A All-State honors as a punter by the Mississippi Association of Coaches and was the first team all-state all-purpose player by the Clarion-Ledger. Jefcoat, who was also named All-Area by the Daily Journal, played in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Classic in December of 2007 and threw for 81 yards on 8-of-15 attempts.
Rivals also rated him the No. 12 pro-style quarterback in the nation.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have Bret in our program,” said an elated ICC head coach Jeff Terrill. “He’s a great athlete from a super family. I’ve been watching him play for a long time now and saw him make some really big plays in high school and I’m looking forward to Bret making more of those same type of plays for us at ICC.”
During his junior season, he threw for 900 yards and nine touchdowns to go along with 800 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing and was voted MVP of IAHS football in 2006-2007 and was a team captain his senior season. The versatile athlete was an all-district selection in both baseball and basketball.
Jefcoat is also excited about being able to play baseball, as well, for ICC head coach Rick Collier’s nationally-ranked program.
“That was very important to me to be able play football and baseball at ICC,” said Jefcoat, who went 10-12 for 48 yards in the Golden Eagles Spring Football Game and drove the second and third string offense down the field and threw a seven yard td and then completed a pass for a two-point conversion to tie the game with less than a minute left against the first string defense. “I really enjoyed my year at Southern Miss. I learned a lot from (USM Head) Coach (Larry) Fedora and his staff. This move is nothing negative toward Coach Fedora or USM. It’s just I think ICC is the best place for me right now.”
That sounds good to the Itawamba head baseball coach, who just completed a 43-13 campaign and was ranked 4th in the nation in the final NJCAA poll of the season.
“Bret can flat out bring it,” said Collier, who was named the MACJC Coach of the Year this past season after leading his Indians to a state championship. “He’s a guy that can throw it in the 90’s and they don’t come around too often.”
ICC Media Relations