Jefferson re-commits to WVU
The second time was a charm for Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba C.C. defensive end Larry Jefferson and West Virginia after the junior college pass rusher committed to the Mountaineers following an official visit Tuesday afternoon.
"I committed to West Virginia," he said. "It's official."
Jefferson, 6-foot-5, 230-pounds, initially committed to West Virginia Oct. 1 but backed off that pledge only a few short weeks later and switched his pledge to Iowa State following an official visit to Ames.
However, the Mountaineers did not give up on the pass rushing prospect and were able to secure a visit after his subsequent decommitment from the Cyclones football program. He also visited Kentucky and had listed West Virginia and the Wildcats as his top two entering his trip to
"They stay on me. It means something to me because they've been there for a long time and have a good coaching staff," he previously
informed WVSports.com who broke news of the pledge.
That trip was enough for Jefferson, who was accompanied on the trip by his mother, to end his recruitment and select the Mountaineers over offers from Kentucky, Iowa State, Missouri, Miami, California, Kansas State, Maryland and South Florida, among others.
Running backs coach JaJuan Seider was the lead recruiter for Jefferson and the two developed a close relationship throughout the course of the process.
Jefferson will have three years to play two and will graduate in December, allowing him to enroll at West Virginia in January and participate in spring ball.
A Rivals.com three-star prospect, Jefferson is the fifth defensive line commitment for West Virginia in the class of 2015 joining Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba C.C. teammate Xavier Pegues, Oviedo (Fla.) nose guard Alec Shriner, Wayne (Oh.) Huber Heights defensive lineman Robert Landers and Lyman(Fla.) Longwood defensive end Adam Shuler.
The pledge of Jefferson marks the 23rd commitment for West Virginia in the class of 2015.
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