Lane Kiffin Once Told Alshon Jeffery That If He Went To South Carolina He Would End Up Pumping Gas For A Living

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(Source) Alshon Jeffery of the Chicago Bears made yet another highlight reel touchdown on Monday night and is quickly developing into one of the NFL’s best wide receivers in his second season. But at least one college coach didn’t see this coming. In 2009, Jeffery was a high school football player and was in the middle of a fierce recruiting battle that involved three of the biggest coaches in college football at the time,  Steve Spurrier of the University of South Carolina, Pete Carroll of Southern Cal, and Lane Kiffin at Tennessee.

On the eve before Jeffery announced his decision to stay close to home and attend South Carolina, the coaches made their final pleas. When it became apparent that Jeffery would not attend Tennessee, Kiffin changed his tone as told by Chris Low for ESPN.com in 2009: “Kiffin was equally dogged. But when it was obvious that Jeffery wasn’t going to Tennessee, Kiffin took off the gloves…According to Jeffery and [Jeffery’s high school coach Walter] Wilson, Kiffin told Jeffery that if he chose the Gamecocks, he would end up pumping gas for the rest of his life like all the other players from that state who had gone to South Carolina.” Of course, Kiffin wouldn’t have been recruiting Jeffery if he didn’t think he was a good football player. But it says something that Kiffin had little confidence in Jeffery to make it no matter which school he chose and it says something that Kiffin was so quick to turn nasty.

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Solid work by Lane here. Like the bad break up guy from Seinfeld. Oh you won’t come to Tennessee? Well fine, I didn’t want you anyway because you have a big head and you’re dumb and you’ll end up working at the local BP for the rest of your life you big fat idiot. Real smooth move.
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Now I will give Lane a slight benefit of the doubt because anyone who said Alshon would be this good, this fast, would be lying. Remember his last year at SC?  If you don’t he was still Alshon Jeffery, just add 30 pounds.
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But we’re here now, in 2013, and guess what, Alshon is easily a top 10 Wide Receiver in the NFL. Not opinion. Fact. Yardage he is 5th, catches he’s 7th tied with Megatron and each week he makes a game changing type play that only elite receivers can make.
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Which is crazy to actually think about. 2 years ago the Bears receiving core was Johnny Knox (rest in peace), Roy Williams (wish it was him and not Johnny Knox), Devin Hester (never a real receiver), and Kellen Davis (we all know Kellen). Now the Bears have 2 top 10 guys and a legit Tight End. Outside of the Broncos I don’t think you would take any other team’s receiving core over the Bears. Never thought we would see a change like that so quickly. And yeah the Bears have a ton of questions still on both sides of the ball going into next year but the receivers are set. Alshon is 23 years old, this year is hopefully just his coming out party for the next 10 years with the Bears. Thanks Lane!

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