At least by comparison, junior College recruiting tends to move slowly. Traditionally, top high school prospects have had bags stuffed with scholarship offers for months at this time of year, while the community college talent waits for things to shake out down the road.
In that way, Larry Jefferson is a bit ahead of the game. Then, being a 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive end tends to have that effect. Jefferson already holds five scholarship offers. Schools such as Kansas State, California, West Virginia, and Utah State have made things official already, and more could be on the way.
When Jefferson speaks about what could be on tap, it's clear that the Itawamba (Miss.) Community College standout does not lack confidence.
"USF and Kentucky are probably going to offer. I have to call them back and they'll tell me what's going on. They haven't offered yet, but I'm pretty sure I know what they're going to say when I call."
Jefferson names no favorites in process for now. He does, however, express serious interest in visiting certain schools. He says West Virginia and Cal are both on the travel radar. So is K-State.
"K-State, man, I'm rocking with them. I like them. I like that D-line coach. We keep in touch all the time. He's really the main reason they're in the mix. I want to see more of what they have going on."
But while he has forged a relatioships with the Wildcats' coaching staff, Jefferson says its West Virginia, not K-State, that is recruiting him the hardest as things stand now.
"I'm still learning about West Virginia, but I just talked to the coach again recently." He said. "They like me, and I like them."
Jefferson, who committed to Charlie Strong's staff at Louisville after high school, says he hopes to hear from Strong and company now that they are running things at Texas but has not been in contact as of now.
"Playing time. I only have two more years, so I have to get in there and try to get in the mix. I'm trying to play.
Jefferson garnered seven scholarship offers as a high school senior in 2012. In 10 games as a freshman at Itawamba, Jefferson recorded six sacks and 14 tackles for a loss.