All this week I will be revealing my top 5 breakout players for this year’s WVU football team. There are a few players the Mountaineers will be counting on this season so let’s begin at number 5.
Larry Jefferson was part of the 2015 recruiting class from Itawamba Community College (MS) after originally committing to Louisville as part of their 2012 class. There were some issues that wouldn’t allow Jefferson to attend Louisville so he enrolled at Itawamba with plans to spend 2 seasons there before returning to a D1 program.
Jefferson’s recruitment was far from the usual recruitment process as the talented defensive end prospect would commit to WVU on two different occasions. Jefferson originally committed to WVU on October 1st but would then commit to Iowa State eleven days later. After he made that announcement, WVU coach JuJuan Seider made his way to Mississippi to visit Jefferson. Jefferson would re-open his recruitment and would visit the WVU campus on November 23rd and commit to WVU two days later.
Jefferson has been on campus since January 12th with the rest of the early enrollers which has given him an edge on the remainder of the recruiting class. This has also allowed him to make his mark on the football field. Jefferson has been an instant impact recruit this spring/summer and looks to have a head start on the open DE position left by Shaq Reddick’s departure. Jefferson has shown the coaching staff his blow by speed and ability to create havoc on the quarterback and was a force during the annual Spring Game.
If Jefferson is able to continue the progress that he has made since stepping foot on campus he should start the opener this season. He will give the WVU defense a constant quarterback pressure threat. An aspect that they will need when they face the pass happy offenses of the Big 12.