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In Person Eval: A.J. Jefferson
A.J. is playing a lot more snaps this season. Jefferson has added tight end to his list of positional responsibilities and he appears to be settling in fine on the offensive side of the ball. A.J. is a big target who has the athleticism to provide a nice safety net in the middle of the field on a possession play. Jefferson made a nice grab to convert a big third down in the first half. While pass catching is fun for A.J. he understand his college future lies on the defensive side of the football. Jefferson appears to be most comfortable in space where he can use his speed to get around the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle. A.J. seems to like the seven technique best, but he can line up and play the five. On the high school level, he is able to make plays in either alignment. He is closer to 6-1 than some of the heights listed and that may be a concern for some programs looking for the prototypical 6-4 rangy end with a wide wingspan. What A.J. lacks in size, he makes it up with effort and an explosive first step. It is evident that Jefferson has been well coached and understands the importance of getting off the ball first on the snap and gaining inside leverage. A.J. plays with a lot of passion and appears to have no trouble leading his team when times get tough. He plays with a lot of effort and is willing to do the little things like take on blocks to open gaps for his teammates to make plays. Jefferson will need to continue to get stronger for his days on the college level. While some of his peers will bulk up and slide inside, A.J. appears to be better suited for play on the edge where he can utilize his quickness and impressive first step.
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