Schools make Jefferson a priority

Five-star wing Rondae Jefferson is one of the most heavily recruited players in the country.

Maybe the toughest basketball player in the class of 2013 is Rondae Jefferson. The 6-foot-6 wing from Chester (Pa.) High School led his team to a state title, and also is having a great showing with Team Final on the on the Nike EYBL circuit. For Jefferson his recruitment is one of the more intense battles on the East Coast.

It was a big year for Jefferson and his Chester High School team. They went 32-0 and were one of the top teams in the country.

"It was unbelievable," said Jefferson of the high school year. "It was a great season for my team to go 32-0 and finish No. 4 in the country. I would say in my eyes and a lot of people's eyes we should be No. 1. Everybody who plays on our team was born and raised in Chester. We can't recruit guys from other countries or from different areas."

When it comes to his recruitment several schools are reaching out and making Jefferson a top priority.

"Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Florida, Temple, and Villanova are all recruiting me very hard," said Jefferson.

His older brother plays for Temple, and that has Jefferson very familiar with the program.

"Fran (Dunphy) is a great coach," said Jefferson of Temple. "He has great recruits coming in and great players there already. I would say Temple is one of the schools after me for sure."

Florida is obviously the school furthest from his home on the list, but Jefferson says that isn't a big deal.

"They've told me that they like my game and that I play hard and I am scrappy on defense," said Jefferson of Florida. "Distance isn't a problem for me. There is nothing that is too close to home to me in my eyes, so I don't have a problem with the ride."

Also the Rutgers Scarlet Knights have made sure to be heavily involved with Jefferson. Jefferson says that he likes the coach and the direction of the program.

" Rutgers is a great school," Jefferson explained. "I could see them winning the Big East real soon. Coach (Mike) Rice is a great guy on and off the court. I watched them play a couple of games and I have talked to him, he is just a great guy."

For now Jefferson is still taking things slowly and is in no hurry to make a commitment, but still he has an idea of what he is looking for in a school.

"I would say I am looking for a school that is a great fit for my game," said Jefferson. "Also I want to go to a school that has people who will develop me and help me get to the next level."

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