Justin Jefferson: 3 things to know about the LSU football wide receiver

Blake Morgan
The Daily Advertiser

LSU hired Joe Brady as a passing coordinator this offseason to open up the offense and throw the ball more down the field.

Wide receiver Justin Jefferson has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the decision. He was primed for a big junior season. The St. Rose, Louisiana, native has not disappointed to this point. 

Jefferson stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 192 pounds to provide a big target for quarterback Joe Burrow

Here are some facts to get to know Jefferson a little better.

Justin Jefferson had 2 brothers play for LSU football

LSU Tigers wide receiver Justin Jefferson catches a touchdown against the Texas Longhorns.

Justin Jefferson's decision to attend LSU probably wasn't much of a surprise to Tigers fans. It's just what his family does.

Jefferson is the younger brother of former quarterback Jordan Jefferson and defensive back Rickey Jefferson. Both were multiple-year starters for the Tigers.

Jordan Jefferson played at LSU from 2008-11. Rickey Jefferson played for the Tigers from 2013-15.

An impressive glow-up for Jefferson since being a 3-star recruit

Tigers wide receiver Justin Jefferson runs the ball and scores as LSU takes on Ole Miss at Tiger Stadium. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

Jefferson led LSU in receptions (54) and receiving yards (875) and touchdowns (6) in 2018 as a sophomore. 

With such an impressive early career and extremely athletic family, one might assume he was a highly rated recruit. This is not the case, though.

Jefferson came to LSU as a three-star recruit and ranked as the No. 308 wideout in the Class of 2017, according to His only other scholarship offers were from Northwestern, Tulane and Nicholas State.

Jefferson is on par with Odell Beckham Jr.

LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson, center, and other LSU players warm up before an NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Jefferson began the 2019 season in the new spread offense with a flurry of catches and yards.

It was such a good start, only Cleveland Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. has matched his stats to start a season in the last 15 seasons at LSU.

Both Jefferson and Beckham caught 10 passes and gained more than 250 receiving yards in the first two games to start an LSU football season. 

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