Other than a 24-14 setback in its opening game against Amory High School, Fulton (Miss.) Itawamba Agricultural has gotten off to a roaring start to its season. The Indians are 3-1 with back-to-back blowout wins over Houston and Saltillo respectively. Now, Itawamba has something else to hang its hat on as its star quarterback, Bret Jefcoat has made his college commitment.
"Bret has verbally committed to Louisiana Tech," Bret's father said over email. "We've come a long way since our first visit to Gesimar, La. for the Rivals.com junior day."
Jefcoat chose Louisiana Tech over interest from some SEC schools including Mississippi State and Ole Miss where his father, H. Greggory Jefcoat played in college. But Bret said that his father is a Bulldog now.
"My dad's doing great, he's so proud," the younger Jefcoat said. "He's a Bulldog now. He's more of a Bulldog than a Rebel.
"La. Tech really recruited me the hardest," Bret said. "They wanted me, they respected me and they said that I fit their system."
Jefcoat said that his relationship with the coaches was an important factor in his decision.
"I met the coaches and they're great guys and know what they're doing," he said. "Their QB coach, coach Scelfo, has three guys in the NFL and I really liked him. I also like the head coach. He's real nice and knows what he's doing."
When Jefcoat got a call from his recruiting coach on Monday, he knew it was time.
"I talked to coach Hines who is recruiting me and is the wide receivers coach," Jefcoat said. "He said they'd come to my game on Friday and I decided that I wanted to commit.
"It feels great to get it off my shoulders and stop worrying about recruiters," he said. "I haven't been playing my best this season and I think that's on of the reasons why."
With the other instate programs still recruiting him, Jefcoat says that his recruitment is essentially over.
"Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Mississippi State are still kind of recruiting me but I wouldn't really listen to them unless they came with a serious offer," he said.
As a junior, the 6-foot-1 200-pound Jefcoat, accumulated over 1,700 yards of offense to go with nine passing and 12 rushing touchdowns.
Jefcoat is rated by Rivals.com as a two-star pro-style quarterback.