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Alshon Jeffrey confirms the expected jump to NFL

Alshon Jeffery, Stanley Jean-Baptiste AP

In a move that’s only surprising in the fact that it came so close to the declaration deadline, Alshon Jeffery has officially taken his leave of the South Carolina football program.

The All-SEC wide receiver told ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad Thursday morning that he’s leaving a year of eligibility on the table in order to make himself available for the April draft.  Jeffery is considered to be a lock to be taken at some point during the first round.

USC subsequently confirmed Jeffery’s decision via a press release.

“I plan to forgo my senior season and enter the NFL Draft,” said Jeffery in a statement. “I would like to thank the fans, my teammates, Coach Spurrier and everyone involved for all the opportunities South Carolina has provided me. I am proud to say I will always be a Gamecock.”

Jeffery was a unanimous all-conference first-team selection following the 2010 season, but dropped to the second team as his production fell thanks to issues the Gamecocks had at the quarterback position.

At 6-4, 229 pounds, however, Jeffery won’t have any problem attracting the attention of NFL scouts, regardless of what his 2011 production looks like on paper.

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6 Responses to “Alshon Jeffrey confirms the expected jump to NFL”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Jan 5, 2012 12:24 PM

    His performance definitely wasn’t as impressive in 2011, and it’s true that a lot of that can be attributed to the QB position, but Connor wasn’t terrible. He actually looked better than Garcia much of the time, I would say.

    All in all, scouts are going to see what Jeffery can do, and not base it entirely on the games. It’s good news for him that they can see past the QB issues, as they did with Calvin Johnson, who had Reggie Ball shot-putting the ball to him.

    A year ago a lot of people were talking about Jeffery as being a CJ-type prospect. That’s almost certainly a vast overstatement, but it’s probably true that he’s a first-rounder unless he tanks, gets arrested, or tests positive for something.

  2. footballfan5255 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:21 PM

    After watching him get shut down by Dennard and throwing a hissy fit and getting both ejected i would be careful about getting him

  3. kg112686 says: Jan 5, 2012 3:36 PM

    footballfan5255 says:
    Jan 5, 2012 3:21 PM
    After watching him get shut down by Dennard and throwing a hissy fit and getting both ejected i would be careful about getting him
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    Dennard was the instigator of the fight first of all (not saying Jeffrey wasn’t at fault either but it is worth noting) and how is have 4 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown being shut down?

  4. cuckflemson says: Jan 5, 2012 3:38 PM

    148 yards on 4 catches in the first half. I can definitely see that as him being shut out….. idiot.

  5. latchbeam says: Jan 5, 2012 6:02 PM

    He made Dennard look helpless!? Isn’t Dennard supposedly a potential 1st rounder also?

  6. latchbeam says: Jan 5, 2012 6:04 PM

    If he runs a 4.55 or lower, he gets drafted in the top 12.

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