"It's going to be N.C. State," Brandon Jefferies told StateFans. "I've been talking to them, and I'm going to make everything official with the paperwork either next week or the week after."
Because of transfer rules Brandon must sit out the 2004 season, but he will have two years of eligibility remaining in 2005. The need for offensive linemen was an obvious advantage for NC State.
"It came down to them and South Carolina, but I think at my position South Carolina is more set then NC State is and that was major for me."
"All NC State has is about seven offensive linemen, and I think it's going to be the best fit for me at my position."
Jefferies will be reunited with ex-offensive line coach Mike Barry, who recruited him to Tennessee. Barry and Running Backs Coach Dick Portee led his recruitment this time around for NC State and he's glad to be back with Coach Barry.
"With Coach Barry things at Tennessee didn't work out because I was kind of small and things were not working out with him and Coach Fulmer either. Now I'm back with him at N.C. State and that's good."
Brandon says he now checks in at 6'5 and 303 pounds, up nearly 30 pounds from his time at Tennessee. After another year to add strength and experience, he believes offensive guard will be where he makes his mark for the Wolfpack.
"It's probably going to be at offensive guard because they already have some good tackles there in Derek Morris and [John] McKeon. I talked with Derek about playing together at the Spring Game. Both of us made the Shrine Bowl but we didn't get to play together because I was still in the playoffs. I think it will be fun to play with him."
So was playing time the major factor in his decision?
"Yes, playing time was a major factor but another thing was I'm not sure about how stable the coaching situation is at South Carolina. I know Coach Amato's going to be at NC State at least until my career's over, but with Coach Holtz he could retire at anytime. I just had to go where I saw coaching stability and where I could make the biggest impact the earliest."
Arguably the nation's top offensive guard prospect in the Class of 2002, Jefferies signed with Tennessee after considering offers from Georgia, North Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina among others.
Brandon said that his final decision at that time came down to NC State and Tennessee, and the Wolfpack coaches are glad to welcome him on board this time around.
"It came down to State and Tennessee... those were the last two schools when I came out of high school. Coach Amato said he wasn't going to hold anything against me because I didn't come the first time and this would be a fresh start for me at N.C. State."
Jefferies hopes to join the Wolfpack for the second summer session, in late June or early July.
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