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4-star Van Jefferson commits to Ole Miss

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Another top-rated wide receiver. What else is new?

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The trend of landing blue chip wide receivers continues for Hugh Freeze: four-star Van Jefferson tweeted Sunday night that he has committed to Ole Miss.

A longtime Georgia commit, Jefferson decommitted from the Bulldogs last week after a visit to Oklahoma. The Sooners were rumored to be in the lead after that visit, but Freeze and his staff were able to sway him during the big recruiting extravaganza in Oxford this weekend.

Jefferson, the 6'2, 183-pound son of former NFL receiver Shawn Jefferson, is a lean and smooth receiver who possesses good body control and deceptive speed in the open field. A dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands and an exceptionally gifted route runner (thanks, dad), he worked a lot both in the slot and the outside for Ravenwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn. Jefferson helped lead them to the 6A state championship game and finished his career with over 200 catches, 3,700 yards receiving and 40 touchdowns.

This crootin win cannot be talked about enough for two things: going into the state of Tennessee again and swiping an elite talent and battling it out with a perennial SEC East heavyweight in Georgia and a traditional powerhouse in Oklahoma.

How he fits in

Due to his slender build, Jefferson will likely benefit greatly from a year in the School of Paul Jackson. He has the height to make an impact on the outside and also the intangibles and confident hands to bring something to the table from the slot.

Although, with his pedigree and superb route running, don't be surprised if he gets on the field early and challenges Quincy Adeboyejo, Dayall Harris and Markell Pack for significant snaps in Freeze's spread attack. Jefferson just adds to the growing trend that seems to be developing in the Velvet Ditch. Could Ole Miss be making a case to be Wide Receiver U? The young man from Middle Tennessee will definitely have a say in that soon enough.