Destrehan cornerback Rickey Jefferson is LSU’s 20th commitment

LSU’s latest 4-star commitment, Rickey Jefferson. PHOTO BY BRETT DUKE/THE TIMES PICAYUNE

The LSU Tigers’ season opener against North Texas is still over a month and a half away. And already the recruiting class for 2013 is almost filled.

In an unprecedented off-season in which the Tiger coaching staff has really shown their mettle, LSU picked up its 20th commitment Sunday when 4-star athlete Rickey Jefferson committed to Les Miles and the Tigers.

“I’ve looked forward to this since my brother did it,” Jefferson, brother of former quarterback Jordan Jefferson said to TigerBait.com. “It was on Nov. 10 which is Les Miles’ birthday. Ever since then I knew I wanted to do the same thing.”

LSU now has only five remaining spots to fill before it can turn more of its attention to the 2014 class. Already it has picked up its first commitment for that class when the top linebacker in the nation Kain Daub out of Florida committed on Saturday.

Jefferson (5’11, 190) is a rare breed of athlete, starring on both sides of the ball as a wide receiver and cornerback. An ACL tear early his junior season derailed a probable 5-star rating on the recruiting services, but he is reportedly 100 percent healthy and working his way back into playing shape again. Jefferson was at full speed at the recent Rivals 100 Challenge in Atlanta, but he is cognizant of moving slowly.

“To his credit, he doesn’t do a lot every week,” Rivals.com recruiting analyist William Weathers said. “You need to be a little more safe in the summer because his obvious goal is to help Destrehan win, not be the combine king every week.”

Jefferson participated in Destrehan’s spring practice without contact.

“He’s come back and rehabbed, and the (LSU) staff obviously feels confident that he’ll be the same player or better when he’s back on the field,” Weathers said.

Jefferson and his family drove to Baton Rouge on Sunday for the first day of Les Miles’ camp. He did not work out, but he, his parents, and Jordan walked up to Miles’ office sometime during the day to deliver the verbal pledge.

“Coach Miles was excited,” said Jefferson, who had offers from many of the top schools in the country, including Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee. “I’m looking forward to doing big things and just handling my business.”

Jefferson, Rivals.com’s No. 123 overall prospect, gives LSU its third cornerback in this current class. Loranger’s Jeryl Brazil, who was the very first commitment of this 2013 class, and Green Oaks’ Tre’Davious White, who made quite an impact on the camp on Sunday, are also aboard.

Jefferson is also projected to contribute on special teams as a punt returner.

“I feel good,” said Jefferson. “It looks like they have big things planned for me. I look forward to taking on that challenge.”

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