Jordan Jefferson's Brother Rickey Signed with LSU Days After Being Arrested

Randy ChambersAnalyst IMarch 13, 2013


Another Jefferson in the mix for the LSU Tigers and another arrest taking place.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, 2013 recruit Rickey Jefferson was arrested on February 2, just days before signing his letter of intent to play for Les Miles and the Tigers.

According to the report, Jefferson was charged with resisting arrest with force or violence during a Mardi Gras parade. Jefferson and another teenager allegedly attacked a police officer of Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office after the deputy was attempting to make a separate arrest. The report indicates that both Jefferson and Joe Horace Sharp attacked the officer and began striking him.

Jefferson has since been booked with battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and interfering with a police officer, all of which can create a world of trouble for the talented football player.

As for where the football team stands at this point, according to Jim Kleinpeter of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, coach Miles had no idea about the arrest. 

This is new information to me. Miles said during a press conference to open spring practice, which begins Thursday. Obviously we did not know. We'll have to trail behind and find out what's going on. I am without information at this point.

Jefferson is a 4-star wide receiver from the Louisiana area and has become popular with LSU fans knowing he is the younger brother of former star quarterback Jordan Jefferson. Jordan finished his career in Baton Rouge at the end of the 2011 season, throwing for a total of 4,733 yards and 34 touchdowns, while also rushing for more than 1,000 yards in his career.

But things weren't as great off the field for the former LSU starter, as he also had his fair share of non-football issues as well, usually finding himself in trouble with the law. His arrests included marijuana possession, as well as the famous bar fight before the 2011 season kicked off.

This is obviously not the way the LSU coaching staff wanted things to play out heading into the 2013 offseason. With spring practice soon to unfold and many issues to address on the field, this is the last thing the program needed to take away some of that focus.

Jefferson is one of the more talented recruits of the 2013 class for the Tigers. He had offers on the table from other respectable programs such as Alabama, Florida State, USC and Texas A&M, among others. Picking the LSU program mainly because of familiarity, he was expected to make a strong impact and have a successful career like his brother did over four years.

However, it appears things haven’t exactly gotten off to a great start.