Football Recruiting: WR Ellis Jefferson Signs LOI With Arizona State

Arizona State today signed three-star wide receiver Ellis Jefferson as part of its 2013 recruiting class.

A product of John H. Guyer (TX) High School, the 6-4 205-pound Jefferson originally committed to ASU in July 2012. He visited the Tempe campus in January 2013.

Jefferson chose Todd Graham’s Sun Devils over Michigan State and Colorado. He had offers from a total of 10 schools.

In 2011, Jefferson was a second-team All-District 7-5A selection, hauling in 38 passes for 677 yards and five touchdowns.

Speaking with the Denton Record-Chronicle, Jefferson said, “I’ve always watched (ASU) on TV. My parents liked it out here. They’ve been out here before, and it’s real nice weather. It’s not humid like Texas.

“It takes a lot of pressure off my mind,” Jefferson remarked when announcing his commitment to ASU last July. “I can focus up on football now and just doing good this season.”

Guyer head coach John Walsh said he’s known for a couple of years that Jefferson was going to end up at a major program.

“You’re careful as a coach promising anything to a kid, but he’s honestly one of those guys, since he was a freshman, we’ve been telling him, ‘You take care of your business, you’re going to have a good choice of schools,’” Walsh said. “It’s not one of those that snuck up on us.”

With its 62-26 defeat of the Navy Midshipmen in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, Arizona State closed last year’s football season on a successful note. Under the hand of first-year head coach Todd Graham, the Sun Devils achieved an 8-5 record, won their first bowl game since 2005, and most importantly, set the stage for further achievements in the coming years.

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