National Signing Day 2015: Van Jefferson Thrills Then Chills


Van Jefferson finally let down the Dawg Nation, signing a Letter of Intent with Ole Miss. But we had fun.

Van Jefferson contributed his share of National Signing Day drama, continually pushing back his announcement from 11:00AM to 1:30 PM to 2:30PM to 3:45 PM. With each schedule change, rumors swirled with twitter reports that first Michigan and then Georgia would receive the coveted signature.

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The image of a confused young man fueled human interest just as Jeffersons’s talents fed the hopes of passionate football fans. Loyalists’ fictional scenarios that would place Jefferson in their fold became real. Texts were sent into cyberspace, twitter accounts monitored and recruiting service web sites scoured in search of clues to Jefferson’s decision.

The quickly organized Van Jefferson Watch is typical of National Signing Day – a day to expect the unexpected, a day when hope conquers reason, a day when old men irrationally lament the irrational behavior of boys.

National Signing Day is like football season – the unpredictable bounce of a pointed ball matching the unexpected behavior of players who first charm and then repulse and vice versa and over and over.

As expected, though with unexpected drama, Van Jefferson signed a football LOI with the University of Mississippi.

And just like that, the saga ends, with a whimper, not a bang.

The Brentwood Tennessee wide receiver committed to Georgia in August but de-committed in late January after Mike Bobo’s move to Colorado State as head coach. Jefferson is a Rivals 4-star recruit and one of the top five recruits in Tennessee.

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