Mark Richt and crew snagged another nice commitment for the class of 2015 this afternoon with the pledge of Brentwood, Tennessee (Ravenwood) receiver Van Jefferson.
Jefferson is ranked by 247Sports composite rankings as the seventeenth best receiver in the country and one of the top five players in th state of Tennessee. 247's own rankings have him as the ninth-ranked receiver in the country, the second best player in the state, and just outside the list of the top hundred players in the country. The instate Volunteers were long thought to be th front runner for his services, but the 'Dawgs came on very strong in recent days, beating his other finalist Ohio State. The 6'2, 175 pound senior also claims offers from Clemson, Auburn, Michigan State, Penn State and South Carolina.
He's the son of Titans assistant coach and former NFL player Shawn Jefferson. All other things being equal I like coaches' kids. As one would expect from a coach's kid, Jefferson's technique is above average. He's already a good route runner, and catches the ball with his hands. He also has good hand positioning, getting his mitts out for the ball and excluding defenders. He seems to have relatively long arms as well, which helps with that. Jefferson has good height, and will likely develop physically over the next couple of years.
However with the losses Georgia will have at receiver following 2014, you can expect Jefferson to be in the mix for playing time as a freshman. Georgia is currently stocking up on perimeter athletes who could play WR or DB, and Jefferson's pledge may assure that some of them (Shaq Wilson, Deontai Williams) get their first look on defense.
Finally, if schadenfreude and denial are your thing. I highly recommend this thread at VolNation, because apparently Tennessee produces so much blue chip talent that they can let guys like Jefferson leave the state.