MILLCREEK TWP., Pa. — Will Jeffress set the McDowell High School’s all-time scoring record as a junior last week, eclipsing a mark that had stood for 15 years.
But he might not get the opportunity to extend his lead all that much.
Jeffress, who was originally scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2021, has completed the coursework necessary to put himself in a position to graduate and enroll in college as part of the recruiting class of 2020.
It’s something that Jeffress and his family have been preparing for a long time to do.
“Ever since even in my freshman year, my parents have been wanting to stress to put myself in positions where I have options,” Jeffress said exclusively to Pittsburgh Sports Now. “My schedule has always been loaded in school, just doubling up in math classes and English classes, keeping my GPA high and having the flexibility to have open options to go and do whatever I want.”
Jeffress said that was a lesson learned from the recruitment of his older sister Adrianna, who ended up playing tennis at Division II Mercyhurst.
“[My parents] say they made the mistake of starting [her] late, so they wanted me to get started as soon they could,” Jeffress said. “So when we found out reclassification and finishing early was an option for me, we’re exploring it, we’re still exploring it. Nothing is finalized, but we’re looking heavily into it. Just being able to keep options open and put myself in the best situation for my own future is one thing that my parents had always drilled in me.”
Jeffress stressed that this was something that he and his family wanted to look into and not something that he was pressured into doing by coaches that are recruiting him, but he has talked it over with several schools and the reaction has been positive so far.
“I’ve talked to multiple schools about it,” Jeffress said. “Jeff Capel at Pitt, Baylor, Memphis, Michigan, Stanford, Miami, a lot more. I can’t name them all off the top of my head. I’ve talked to a lot of coaches about it. Most of them have been open to it. Now it’s just finding the best fit and where it can take me for my future.”
The one thing that a potential reclassification will do is drastically alter his timeline. The signing period for the Class of 2020 runs from April 15 to May 20.
“This upcoming spring, I’m looking to take five visits,” he said. “I’m not sure where yet. That does speed up the process, does make it a little bit stressful. But even since freshman year, I’ve been going on visits to colleges, talking to coaches, just to get a feel and to start early.”
It does not seem that the earlier time frame will give him a lack of options, and Pitt in particular seems heavily interested in recruiting the Pennsylvania native.