Henrico (VA) head coach Roger Brookes believes he may have two major FBS prospects in the class of 2013. One, a shutdown corner and big-play wide receiver, has been offered by Virginia Tech. The other is a sleeper linebacker prospect who could be one to watch on the camp and combine circuit this spring and summer.
5’11”, 170-pound Cequan Jefferson is currently the Warriors’ lone major FBS recruit, scoring an offer from the Hokies in early December. More could be on the way this spring, particularly if he shows progress in the classroom.
“He has a full offer to Virginia Tech already,” Brookes said. “And Virginia is saying they want him to show he can get his grades up. I think they want to offer. Mike (London) and Coach Reid were down here to talk about him, so I know they like him. Michigan also stopped by about him.”
Jefferson followed up a productive sophomore season by running a 4.39-second 40 at an underclassmen combine last offseason. He produced again last fall, starting at cornerback while also seeing some time at wide receiver. Jefferson’s speed was evident on offense, where he caught 25 passes for over 600 yards (an average of over 24 yards per catch) and six scores.
“We played him at wide receiver, but we also moved him to the slot. He didn’t play a lot on offense, but he was a big-play receiver for us,” Brookes said. “We started off a few games throwing deep to him. He had an 88-yard touchdown catch in one game.”
Coach Brookes says some schools could see him as an athlete with potential on either side of the ball. Cornerback, though, is Jefferson’s likeliest position on the college level.
“He is a lockdown corner. He’s a really great defensive player,” Brookes said. “I think he prefers defense to offense. He likes scoring touchdowns, but he is a really physical kid. He had six interceptions his sophomore year. He had two interceptions this past year. He didn’t have as many because people didn’t throw his way.”
Jefferson has visited Virginia and Virginia Tech. He remains open to those schools and more, according to his coach.
“He wants to see what else comes his way. And he knows, to even take advantage of an offer, he needs to get his grades up,” Brookes said.
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