One of the most dynamic playmakers in the state of Michigan for the class of 2018 is Muskegon's La’darius Jefferson. On Friday, Michigan State offered him a scholarship.
Muskegon (11-0) will play DeWitt in the Division 3 regional final at 1 p.m. Saturday. Jefferson’s play as a dual-threat quarterback is a big reason why the Big Reds are making another state title run.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder picked up a significant number of MAC scholarship offers last spring. He verbally committed to the Central Florida in May. Several Big Ten schools wanted to see him perform this fall before making a decision on a scholarship.
With 18 players committed, MSU does not have many spots left for the recruiting class of 2018. The fact that the Spartans offered him now is an indication that the staff believes he can be a difference-maker.
The main question on Jefferson’s recruitment is what position he will play in college.
“Jefferson has always been a guy who plays QB because he can, not because he has to," Rivals.com Midwest recruiting analyst Josh Helmholdt said. "His skill set could project to a half dozen different positions on the field, including running back, receiver and safety. At 6-2, 210, if he’s not playing quarterback then I like him best at running back or safety. He’s more quick than fast, and has outstanding ball skills that are more acute from playing the quarterback position.”
MSU has had a lot of success with these kinds of players. Wide receiver Trishton Jackson starred at quarterback for West Bloomfield and safety Khari Willis was one of the best running backs in Michigan coming out of Jackson Lumen Christi.
Though he is verbally committed to UCF, Jefferson will likely take an official visit to MSU.