While Arkansas begins transforming the offense, there is a big change at the responsibilities of the quarterback. With an increased emphasis on read options, shotgun snaps and explosive plays, the Hogs need a quarterback to maximize the potential of those plays. They just got their top target at the position to hopefully accomplish that when KJ Jefferson committed to the Hogs.
Jefferson is a 6’3” 205 lb. quarterback from Mississippi. In his junior season for North Panola HS he threw for over 3,000 yards, ran for over 1,000, and accounted for 50 total touchdowns. 247Sports lists him as a 3-star and the 17th overall dual threat QB in the country.
Arkansas was chosen over finalists Missouri and Texas A&M, but Jefferson had offers from all over the SEC. He also had offers from Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Kentucky. Outside of the conference, Baylor, Memphis, NC State, and Indiana had also offered.
He’s not the four or five star guy every fan wants, but Jefferson fills a role Arkansas needs and has the skillset Chad Morris’ offense demands. And while all eyes are on the in state class for 2019, the class is adding quality out of state guys to strengthen the class.