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Jefferson officially decommits from A&M

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Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012 6:13 am

Johnny Jefferson really liked Texas A&M when he visited the campus in mid-February. But between when he gave his early commitment to the Aggies and now, something changed.

Several reports surfaced late Wednesday that the Shoemaker junior tailback decommitted to A&M following an on-campus visit to Baylor. Jefferson also took a visit to TCU in late February. Shoemaker coach Channon Hall confirmed the reports late Wednesday night. “He has officially decommitted!,” Hall said via text.

Listed at 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, the speedy Jefferson also had offers from Notre Dame, UCLA, Ohio State and Houston.

“(A&M) was one of my first ones, and I think I decided too early,” Jefferson told ESPN recruiting writer Damon Sayles. “I should have waited to see what everyone else had to offer first.

“As I look around, all the schools are the same, but the players and coaches are different. I had a chance to see what TCU and Baylor had, and I really liked them.”

Sayles reported Jefferson picked up a scholarship offer from Baylor during the school’s annual pro day.

After reports started to surface, Hall said Jefferson was “waffling” on his decision, but had not officially notified A&M coaches.

However, Jefferson went so far as to post on Facebook, “I will not be an aggie.”

Jefferson, who runs a 4.45 40-second dash and rushed for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, committed to the Southeastern Conference-bound Aggies on Feb. 18 after making his first official college visit. 

Then, he credited the Aggies coaching staff and new head coach Mike Sumlin and Texas A&M’s reputable strength program for his quick decision.

Running out of the wildcat formation, Jefferson helping the Grey Wolves snap a 31-game losing streak.

His speed is also an asset on the track, where he was a regional qualifier in the 100 and 200 meters this time last year as a sophomore.

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