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Northwestern lands first receiver of 2018 class in Houston three-star Jacob Jefferson

The unheralded recruit brings shiftiness and speed to the class.

Late Saturday night, Northwestern picked up its first wide receiver commitment of the 2018 class in three-star Texas native Jacob Jefferson. The Houston native made it official Monday morning.

Jefferson, who 247’s composite ranking lists as the 162nd-best receiver in the 2018 class, held offers from Rice, New Mexico and McNeese State. Northwestern was his lone Power 5 offer, but he had also received some interest from Michigan and Notre Dame.

Jefferson attended St. Pius X high school in Houston, the same high school that produced a similarly under-recruited athlete who excelled at Northwestern — a guy by the name of Venric Mark.

Northwestern offered Jefferson back in October, and after visiting this weekend, he pulled the trigger.

When looking at Jefferson’s film, what stands out is that he has enough speed to burn defenses over the top and the elusiveness to make things happen with the ball in his hands on underneath routes. Jefferson also seems to be a solid blocker from the slot.

Jefferson’s quarterback at St. Pius X is 2019 4-star Grant Gunnell, who currently holds 23 Divison 1 offers, including one from Northwestern.

He becomes the ninth member of a 2018 class that is heating up for Pat Fitzgerald and the Wildcats. This week could see several more commits as well.