For the second straight year, a Warren Easton linebacker is heading to Oklahoma.
Easton linebacker Easton Pernell Jefferson committed to Sooners on Monday.
He will join former standout Arthur McGinnis, now a freshman at Oklahoma.
“I really liked the tradition and the atmosphere there,” Jefferson said. “I think that’s the place that fits me best. I think they will make me a better player and a better person.”
He visited the campus for Junior Day earlier this year.
The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Jefferson said he chose Oklahoma over Nebraska, TCU, Arizona State and Texas Tech.
He informed the Oklahoma coaching staff Monday afternoon of his intention.
“I talked to almost every coach and they were excited about it,” Jefferson said.
Jefferson is rated a three-star recruit by 247Sports.
He also had a long list of offers from Colorado State, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi State, UL-Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, Miami, Missouri, Tulane, UCF, and Western Kentucky.
Jefferson can make the commitment official on Feb. 3, national signing day.
For now, he is preparing for his senior season and hoping to get Easton back to the Superdome for a second straight season. The Eagles reached the Class 4A state championship game last season, losing to Neville.
But many key pieces of that team have graduated, including quarterback Deshawn Capers-Smith, who was Louisana’s Mr. Football, and Tyron Johnson, one of the nation’s top receivers. That has motivated Jefferson and his teammates.
“I feel like we have something to prove this year,” Jefferson said. “A lot of people look at the guys we lost last year like Tyron (Johnson), but we want to show that we are still a good team.”
Jefferson is the second player on Easton’s team to make a verbal commitment.
Defensive tackle Myles Vigne committed to UCF.
Oklahoma has had plenty of success in Louisiana lately. The team currently has four Louisiana players on its roster, including three from the New Orleans area. The other Louisiana players on Oklahoma’s roster are McGinnis, defensive tackle Courtney Garnett (St. Augustine), tackle Joseph Paul (St. Augustine) and offensive lineman Cody Ford (Pineville).