After a productive track and field season, Ellis Jefferson (Denton, Texas/Guyer) is now focused solely on spring football and getting more recognition as a college football prospect.
At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Jefferson has been working primarily on improving acceleration and lower leg strength. A quarter-mile participant in track, Jefferson was squatting 325 pounds before the end of the 2011 season; he’s now squatting 375 pounds.
“I’ve been working way more than usual,” Jefferson said. “I know all this will help me with my speed. I’m trying to get faster in my 40 [yard dash] and improve my agility. I’m a tall receiver, and I’m trying to get quicker.”
Jefferson, who has run the 40 dash in 4.57 seconds, has offers from Mississippi State, Colorado, Tulsa, North Texas and Purdue. Tulsa was the latest school to offer two weeks ago. Jefferson also has interest from Houston, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, UCLA and Iowa State.
“[Recruiting] is going really good right now,” Jefferson said. “I’m getting in touch with a lot of coaches and just looking for a team that has a winning tradition and a good coaching staff. I can’t complain.”
Jefferson said that now his track season is over, he will turn to scheduling camp appearances and campus visits. He already has made junior day appearances at Baylor, Texas, Oklahoma and LSU.