Johnny “The Jet” Jefferson is a Super Running Back Headed to Baylor!
By Max Emfinger
Johnny “The Jet” Jefferson (5-10, 195, 4.3) of Killeen Shoemaker, Texas might be one of the fastest high school running backs in the country. Jefferson did a 40-inch vertical jump; ran a 4.3 hand-held forty; and backed that-up with a 10.6 clocking in the 100-meters and was the Texas 12-5A District Sprint Champion. Jefferson was also a Summer Sensation and his recruiting stock went out the roof.
After his very sauccessful junior year, Jefferson was getting recruiting looks from Powerhouse teams all over the country, including Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, and UCLA.
At first, Jefferson thought that he would commit to a team early in February and he went to the Texas A&M Junior Day on February 18. He was so impresserd with the coaches and facilities at College Station and the fact that they were getting ready to start playing in the SEC, he decided that the Aggies seemed like a perfect fit and so he gave them a verbal committment at the end of their Junior Day.
Then at the Baylor Football Camp, Jefferson really put on a show and he might have been the most impressive offensive backs at the Camp as he made big-play after another in one-on-one drills. Then, after the Camp, Jefferson changed his Verbal Committment from Texas A&M to Baylor. New Baylor running backs Coach Jeff Lebby and Associate Head Coach Brian Norwood were very instrumental in recruiting Jefferson to Baylor.
Jefferson was also a Super Combine Freak in the Spring and Summer as he put-up some very impressive Super Combine Measurables, including a 4.37 in the Forty, a 39-inch vertial jump, a 4.06 in the pro-agility shuttle, and a 125 Standing Broad Jump.
Jefferson was also sensational on his highlight film as he lined-up on the first play in the shotgun formation; took the direct snap; and raced 65-yards up the middle for a touchdown. One of the reasons, that other Recruiting Services have listed Jefferson as an All-Purpose Back is because on offense, he looks like he is playing quarterback, because he takes the shotgun center snap from the center and then runs to the right, to the left, or up the middle.
On occasion, Jefferson might try to throw a pass, but when you have 4.3 speed and can make 90-degree cuts while running at 4.3 speed, you are not really the quarterback, but you are the “Playmaker” who puts the football into the End-Zone as a running back in the quarterback position. And oh yes! Jefferson does return punts and kickoffs back, but he still has been falsely classified as an All-Purpose Back.
Jefferson also does a tremendous job of catching the football coming out of the backfield and he could play either running back or inside receiver for the Baylor Bears. I think that the Bears will use him as a running back and a slot receiver.
Back in the Spring, I saw where Jefferson had run a hand-held 4.3 and Texas A&M, Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, UCLA, and TCU were trying to get him committed, so I wanted to take a look at him on film and decide where I thought that his best position would be. Usually, an All-Purpose Back is a Marquis Warford (5-8, 170, 4.3) of San Antonio Madison, Texas, or an Akeem “The Dream” Deggs (5-6, 160, 4.3) of Plaquemine or a Trindon Holliday (5-5, 169, 4.21, 40) of the Denver Broncos.
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So Jefferson is too big to be classified as an All-Purpose Back, although he can be that back on any team in America. What will be interesting is that Jefferson will join Warford, Deggs and Josh Cleveland (5-7, 165, 4.29, 40) of Austin Del Valle, Texas on the West Team in our Ninth Annual All-American Bowl Game Classic. I can not ever remember more than one 4.3 player in any previous game or any game.
This will put four players with 4.3 speed on the same team and on some plays, there might be two or three on the football field at the same time. I can not remember a time in our past eight games that this has happened. Also! Two very Accurate and Athletic Quarterbacks have also Committed to play for the West Team, including Mike Richardson (6-1, 195, 4.7) of Marble Falls, Texas who broke the Texas Single-Game passing record this year with a 724-yard game and the very versatile Kadarius Baker (6-0, 185, 4.5) of Navasota, who led his team to the Texas State Championship.
Before Jefferson committed to Baylor, he had received offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame, UCLA, Texas A&M, Houston, TCU, and Texas Tech. When The University of Texas lost Kyle Hicks to TCU, the Longhorns made a call to Jefferson, but he told them he was firm with the Bears.