Jefferson makes the call

Rondae Jefferson's college decision is. Shortly after an official visit to Arizona, Jefferson, a highly regarded prospect out of Chester (Pa.) High, opted to give them a pledge.

While on campus at Arizona this past weekend, Rondae Jefferson knew he had found his home.

So on Thursday, during an in-home visit with the Wildcats the 6-foot-7 forward out of Chester (Pa.) High decided it was time to make his choice official. Jefferson verbally pledged to Sean Miller and Arizona. Team Final coach Rob Brown confirmed the news.

"I think they made him a priority," Brown said. "During the whole July period and even in Minnesota and at Boo Williams, they were at all of the games. At Peach Jam, he was at all the games and Book Richardon was at all the games. The just prioritized him."

"With the graduation of Solomon Hill and Kevin Parrom, there is immediate playing time at the wing position," Brown added.

Jefferson chose the Wildcats over strong interest from Florida, Rutgers and a host of other schools. Jefferson's recent official visit helped seal the deal for Arizona.

"He did an unofficial there before the Elite 24 game and he was saying how nice it was," Brown said. "He took a two week break and went back out there officially. Once that happened I had a feeling he was ready to make a commitment. He liked it that much that he wanted to go out there twice and back-to-back like that and he made a commitment."

Although Richardson, an assistant at Arizona, started the relationship, Brown said Miller did a terrific job closing out his recruitment of Jefferson.

"I think Book probably started off the relationship, but I don't think any head coach had the relationship with Rondae, at the end, that Sean had," he said.

During his junior season, Jefferson, a five-star recruit, showed his versatility by filling the stat sheet. Jefferson averaged 12 points, just over nine rebounds and 4.5 assists a game.

With Jefferson's commitment, Arizona now has a pair of commits in their 2013 recruiting class. Jefferson joins four-star shooting guard Elliott Pitts, a standout at Concord (Calif.) De La Salle.

This is the third year in a row Arizona has added a five-star prospect to their recruiting class. Josiah Turner was their lone five-star recruit in their 2011 class. In 2012 the Wildcats added three five-star prospects – Kaleb Tarczewski, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley.

Jefferson is regarded as the No. 10 overall prospect the No. 3 small forward in the 2013 class.


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