J.J. Jefferson’s momentum is building for the Northwestern Wildcats football team.
The speedy freshman receiver caught seven of the 10 passes he hauled in this season for the Wildcats over the last five-weeks of the regular season, including a four-catch, touchdown snaring performance against Nebraska during the week of Oct. 13, according to ESPN.
The hope is that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the 5-foot-10, 167-pound St. Pius High X grad. In all, Jefferson appeared in 12 games for the Wildcats, also impressing against perennial powers Michigan and Michigan State with three catches and a 34-yard score. Jefferson’s longest catch on the season came on a 68-yard snare against Minnesota in week six.
Jefferson was rated a three-star recruit by ESPN coming out of St. Pius, bagging 76 passes for 1,216 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior on the way to be named First-Team All-District.
He was also named All-Academic three times and during his junior season grabbed 69 passes for 1,224 yards and 15 touchdowns.