For Kenny Jefferson, his decision to attend Virginia Tech came down to several factors. One of the top ones was Running Backs Coach Billy Hite, who served as Jefferson’s primary recruiter.
“One of the reasons I chose Virginia Tech was for the fact that Coach Hite was my recruiter and he will be my position coach when I get there,” Jefferson said. “The fact that Coach Hite recruited me meant that they really wanted me. I think some schools recruit you with coaches who coach different positions than what they want you to play, then you might get there and the position coach doesn’t like you.
“Other than that, I felt comfortable on the campus when I visited there this weekend. It’s not too far away, but it’s not too close either. I like the way the fullback is used a lot in the system, and that’s the position I want to play. Academically, they have an excellent Architecture school. Virginia Tech just had everything I was looking for.”
Jefferson made an unofficial visit to Penn State the previous weekend before heading to Virginia Tech. He had official offers from both programs as well as Syracuse. As a junior, the 5-10, 230 pound Jefferson excelled as a blocker and also as a runner. He said he “averaged somewhere between 15 and 20 yards per carry” last season.
As a fullback, Jefferson feels he will bring the total package to Virginia Tech’s offense.
“My strengths are that I’m strong and I have good speed,” Jefferson said. “I do a lot in our offense. I do a lot of stuff – block, run the ball, and I can go out for some pass routes. I’m kind of a cross between a fullback and a tailback. We run the I-formation. Sometimes they’ll line me up at tailback, so then I really get to have some fun. This year I might be able to get more catches on pass routes.”
Jefferson is excited about the opportunities he will have within Virginia Tech’s offense. He is unsure if Tech would like to red-shirt him.
“Virginia Tech’s scheme is kind of similar to ours,” Jefferson said. “They run an I-formation, so I won’t be changing much. They run some plays like we run here. It should be an easy transition for me.”
As mentioned above, Jefferson wants to major in Architecture. One of the reasons he originally decided to attend DeMatha Catholic was for a Mechanical Drawing class the school offered. Unfortunately, DeMatha discontinued the course once he arrived, however he decided to stay.
An excellent student, Jefferson carries “somewhere between a 3.6 and 3.8 GPA” and has scored...
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