Class of 2023 dual-threat quarterback prospect Tyler Jefferson was offered by the Florida State coaching staff in December. Jefferson, from nearby Fort White (Fla.) High School, continues to hear from the FSU staff on a regular basis, especially offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham.
Jefferson, who is 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, also holds offers from Maryland, Kentucky, FAU and UConn but says FSU is currently leading the way in his recruitment. Many things stand out to Jefferson about FSU and Tallahassee but there are some in particular that impress him.
The rising junior attended the annual Garnet and Gold spring game two weeks ago and raved about the atmosphere surrounding the team as well as the campus. He enjoyed being able to watch the open scrimmages this spring and take part in what he sees as a “true family atmosphere” with the Seminoles football team under head coach Mike Norvell.
“I really enjoyed the spring game,” said Jefferson. “The energy from the coaches and fans before, during and after the game was amazing!”
According to Jefferson both FSU and UConn are the schools he is hearing from the most as he gets set to begin his own spring practice period next week.
Jefferson says he wants to play quarterback in college and that FSU and Dillingham are recruiting him to do just that. In nine games as a sophomore this past season he threw for 697 yards while completing 71 of 132 passes (53.7 percent) with four touchdowns and four interceptions. He also ran for 483 yards on 96 carries including seven touchdowns.
Jefferson believes the greatest strength of his game is his work ethic and his pure love of the game.
“I love to work and I love to learn,” said Jefferson. “Watching film is something I do in my off time from the season just because I want to get better in every possible way that I can.”
One huge advantage for the Seminoles is that Jefferson has grown up an FSU fan thanks to his mom.
“My mom’s side of the family loves Florida State,” said Jefferson.
While it is still very early in Jefferson’s development and his recruiting process he indicated he will make a commitment on which school he will attend in the near future.
“If everything goes good, maybe this summer,” said Jefferson.
The Osceola’s Pat Burnham contributed to this story