ASU lands three-star receiver Jefferson
By Hod Rabino
Arizona State picked up its sixth commitment for the 2013 class on Sunday, as wide receiver Ellis Jefferson of Denton, Texas, pledged to ASU during an unofficial visit to Tempe.
The 6-4, 200-pound wideout from Guyer High School is rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com after racking up 38 catches for 676 yards last season as a junior.
“I just got done with my visit and I committed,” Jefferson told Scout on Sunday. “There were a lot of things I liked about the visit. I think the weather is great. I like the stadium and how they are going to renovate it. I liked meeting with the coaching staff and the players here. Everything was really good, and I just love it out here.
“My mother was on the visit with me, and that was good that she was there. She loved the academic part of the visit. She’s 100 percent about it.”
In an interview last month, Jefferson had placed Arizona State in his top three along with Michigan State and Colorado (schools the wide receiver said he still is considering visiting) and said at the time that he didn’t know whether he would commit before the season started or not. That plan apparently had changed over the course of the summer.
“I knew that I wanted to commit before the season started,” Jefferson said. “I really liked Arizona State when I got here, but I was going to wait to commit before I left.”
Jefferson, who has reported a 40-yard time of 4.6 seconds, is being recruited by offensive coordinator Mike Norvell and spent time talking with Norvell and first-year head coach Todd Graham about his role in the ASU offense.
“The offense they run is similar to the offense I run in now high school,” Jefferson said. “I’m a physical receiver that is also fast. I will be able to make big plays downfield with this offense.
“These players work very hard in practice, and I’m a hard worker too.”