Cal Coaches Visit Jefferson

Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral talented two-way athlete Anthony Jefferson has narrowed it down to four Pac-10 schools. But he is still in the process of sifting through it all, with two official visits still left on the agenda. He visited Cal in October and the Golden Bear coaches made an in-home visit recently...

Anthony Jefferson (6-2, 180) is focusing on four schools, and having already taken official visits to two of them, and plans to visit the other two, Jefferson isn't very close to a decision.

"Right now, I've spent time narrowing it down to California, USC, UCLA and Oregon," said Jefferson. "I'd like to make my decision as soon as possible because I pretty much know that I'm down to these four, but it changes every week so I don't want to say one is in the lead."

Jefferson has visited Cal and Oregon officially, doing so during the season, and he plans to visit the local schools next month.

"I went to Cal when they played USC, and Oregon when they played Cal," said Jefferson. "I'm going to USC and UCLA in January."

The two hometown schools will also be in his home next month, while Oregon and Cal have been in already.

"Coach (Ron) Gould and Coach (Al) Simmons from Cal came down and they're coming again in January with Coach (Jeff) Tedford," said Jefferson. "Coach (Tom) Osborne and Coach (Chip) Kelly from Oregon have already come in. USC and UCLA both said they'll be coming in January."

A two-way threat, Jefferson did work on both sides of the ball this year for the Phantoms, both as a receiver and as a defensive back.

Initially recruited as a receiver, he's now almost exclusively being pursued as a defensive back.

"Most schools want me as a DB," said Jefferson. "If I could play receiver, I would, but I'm leaning towards the defensive side."

Jefferson said he's not trying to rush his decision, despite wanting to make a choice, because he's waiting for the right feel.

"Basically whenever I feel the right fit and time for me, I'll commit," said Jefferson. "If not, it could go until Signing Day. But it won't be until whenever I get the real feeling."

Jefferson saw his former teammate Randall Carroll betorn for almost two years on where to go. Carroll verbally committed to USC early and then ultimately switched to UCLA.

"Randall is the main reason I'm taking my time," said Jefferson. "He said be sure you have the right school before you decide."

Jefferson said he's not getting any family pressure, with his family supportive of whatever he decides.

"They're leaving it up to me, and behind me whatever I want to do," said Jefferson.

Jefferson is planning to complete in track during spring for Cathedral. He's coming off a senior year that saw the Phantoms go 11-2 and make it to the CIF-SS Northwest Division semifinals. On defense, he had 42 tackles, two interceptions and a sack. Offensively, he caught 63 passes for 1,286 yards and scored 15 touchdowns while rushing for 222 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries.

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