October 26, 2007

Jefferson leading the way

At 8-0, Destrehan High School is sitting atop the state 5A standings in Louisiana and the talented team is led by quarterback Jordan Jefferson. While Jefferson only has one offer to date, his play against some of the best teams in Louisiana has many schools staying in the mix.

"Right now we're No. 1 in the state," Jefferson said. "We're undefeated and there's two more games left in the regular season for us to be the district champions. I've thrown for like 1,400 yards, 16 touchdowns and 4 INTs."

Though his team has an unblemished record heading into its ninth game, it hasn't always been easy for the Wildcats.

The last two weeks, Destrehan has won by a combined five points. The week prior, the Wildcats knocked off Hahnville in overtime. After a game against East Ascension this Friday, Destrehan will once again face a stiff test when it plays at Dutchtown High School.

"We've got the hardest schedule in 5A," he said. "I've been practically playing the every game all the way through. It feels good because you know you're playing against the best and it gets you ready for the next level. So every week we're preparing hard."

Jefferson is still waiting for a second school to join Ole Miss on his offer list but he is getting plenty of attention in the mean time and is wide open in his recruitment.

"Frankly, I'm just talking to most of the colleges, receiving letters," he said. "Whenever the season ends I'll start setting up official visits."

One factor that might be delaying the recruitment of Jefferson is his injury that kept him out much of his junior season.

"Most schools don't want to offer me right now," he said. "They want to see more of my senior season first."

The schools that Jefferson is hearing from include some SEC heavy-hitters.

"I've been talking to LSU, Alabama," he said. "I've gotten some stuff from Florida. I got some stuff from Auburn also. I went to a couple LSU games and I'm about to go to the Alabama-LSU game."

The No. 16 rated pro-style quarterback in the country lists LSU, Alabama, Florida, Auburn and Georgia Tech as the schools sitting highest on his list at this point.


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