Johnny Jefferson verbals to Texas A&M


It had been something he wavered all week: Attend the Texas A&M junior day or the Oklahoma State junior day?

At the beginning of the week, running back Johnny Jefferson (Killeen, Texas/Shoemaker) decided to attend A&M, but he changed his mind midway through the week. Oklahoma State was only hosting one junior day, while A&M will have another later in the spring.

Friday, Jefferson made one final switch, sticking with his original plans to go to A&M. The switch was parlayed into an offer, which led to a verbal commitment for the Aggies. Jefferson became the team’s eighth commitment and first running back of the 2013 class.

“It was a gut feeling,” Jefferson said of the last-minute junior day switch. “A&M had always been in my top two, and going there [Saturday] just sealed it for me. It was great, I loved it.”

Jefferson, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound speedster out the backfield, chose A&M over Oklahoma State and TCU. He said everything from the Aggies’ tradition to playing in the SEC to the overall environment of the College Station, Texas, campus, won him over during the junior day.

Jefferson was a first-team, all-district running back for Shoemaker. He was recruited by A&M running backs coach Clarence McKinney. In addition to lining up in the backfield for the Aggies, Jefferson also can be considered for kickoff return and punt return duties because of his 4.36 speed in the 40-yard dash.

“The combination of it all won me over,” he said. “The coaching is a great group of guys. The people already there and the players were all open and friendly. The strength and conditioning program was great. Then there’s the 12th man … I just loved it all.”