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Basketball Recruiting

Four-star junior Kordelius Jefferson talks Vols visit, other suitors

February 12, 2022

Texas continues to produce some of the top high school talents we’ve seen over the last few years.

Whether it’s five-star McDonald All-Americans or if it’s underrated prospects, Texas has all the talent and in the 2023 class, they’ve got a sleeper prospect who goes by the name Kordelius Jefferson. The 6’4 guard out of Arlington, Texas, attends The James Martin high school.

Jefferson has had a very stellar junior season, contributing on both ends and being a major factor on the scoring sheet on multiple occasions. Jefferson is the ultimate two-way player. He can give you three-level scoring and plus playmaking on the offensive end, then, shifting to defense, he’s also causing major issues for the opponent.

You could expect Jefferson to see major boosts in the rankings as he has become a very hot commodity not only in the talented state of Texas but, nationally as well.

Jefferson, originally from Miss., is drawing suitors from all over the nation, including in the SEC where Tennessee is among the schools in the mix. He will be in Knoxville today for his official visit and the Vols are just one of many schools making a push for the productive 2023 guard. had the chance to talk recruitment and game with Jefferson.

Which schools are heavily involved?

“Houston, Tennessee, Texas Tech, TCU, Texas A&M, they’ve all offered me and are coming hard to get me in their program.”

Any new schools?

“Alabama, Clemson, South Dakota, and Kansas State.”

Discuss Tennesee. There pitch and your thoughts on them?

“Come in and get better at the guard spots and hopefully compete as a freshman like Kennedy [Chandler] and Zakai [Zeigler]. I like their program and how they create relationships, the culture of their program, and Coach Barnes.”

Texas Tech?

“I like their program and how hard they play and compete. That's something they see in me and feel like that’s why I'd fit their program so well.”

What about Texas A&M?

“Coach Buzz [Williams] tells me he loves the energy I play with and how I could be an impact on their program also. Their assistant Lyle Wolf was in to see me on Wednesday and we had a great conversation about myself and their program.”

And what’s your visit schedule looking like?

“I will be on an official visit to Tennesee this weekend, then an unofficial visit to Houston on February 27th, and planning an official for some time right after their season.”

How will you approach the recruiting process? 

“Right now I'm just keeping my options open to everything. Haven't really thought about cutting my list down but I know that time will be here sometime in the near future. But, if I feel like a school is right for me before that time, I’ll probably just commit right on the spot.”

How would you best break down your game?

“A three-level scoring guard who can lead and also get my teammates involved. I take pride in guarding a team’s best player and ultimately just being a leader.”

What are you looking to improve on?

“My all-around game really. This summer is my first summer I will get to have a full offseason in two years due to injury, so I’m looking forward to making the most out of it.”

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