Boise State never stops recruiting and the evidence points to the Broncos landing a verbal commit from Leesburg, Florida, wide receiver/athlete Bryan Jefferson, and during Mountain West media days. Jefferson, who is rated as a three-star player, committed to Boise State via Twitter on Tuesday, over in-state Central Florida.
I am blessed and honored to announce that i am officially committed to Boise State University. #BleedBlue #ATF #GoBroncos— GK (@bee_Jeff) July 22, 2014
As mentioned, Jefferson chose Boise State over Central Florida, plus offers he had from Cincinnati, Duke, Bowling Green and Florida International. He ended up picking the Broncos after his July 19 visit and while Jefferson was going to make a decision by Friday July 25, the Central Florida coaches made it easier on him to pick Boise State.
Jefferson met with Central Florida head coach George O'Leary and others the day he got back from Boise State, and he was surprised of how the meeting took place:
"It was really kind of a crazy situation," Jefferson said. "I sat down with Coach O'Leary and Coach Beck [Sean Beckton] and Coach Mo [Allen Mogridge], and Coach O'Leary gave me a deadline. He said, 'You have until eight o'clock tonight to make a decision, and if you don't decide by then we're got to move on.'
"So, really, the pressure got to me. I felt like I was being rushed and that kind of inched Boise State up a bit."
Making a deadline like that is not really fair for any recruit and O'Leary wants to lock in guys he is interested in so that the staff knows what kid to go after next, but it is a low ball move, and in this case it back fired for UCF and benefits Boise State.
Whereas the Broncos coaches placed no pressure on when to make a decision on committing, and that likely put Jefferson at ease by being able to really think about what school he wants to attend.
Had Jefferson already been verbally committed this decision makes sense since some coaches say they will pull an offer if they visit other schools -- still a low ball move -- yet a bit more understanding.
This is a great addition for Boise State, Jefferson is rated as the No. 23 prospect in Central Florida, and last season he caught 41 balls for 609 yards and five touchdowns. He is listed as an athlete in the recruiting services but the 6-foot, 186 pound Jefferson is expected to continue playing wide receiver once he gets to Boise State and it helps that he has been clocked at 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Take a look at Jefferson's highlights from his junior year, via Hudl: