SC Gifted athlete has decisions to make

Alshon Jeffrey is the top ranked receiver in South Carolina for the 2009 recruiting class. The talented product from Calhoun County High in Saint Matthews, SC is a 4-star player on, and is also a talented player on the hardwood. NoleDigest caught up with Alshon to get his thoughts on Florida State, his recruitment, and to see if he will be playing both sports in college.

At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Alshon Jeffery has the prototypical size that college coaches are looking for in receivers. He is a dominating force on the field on both offense and defense. As a junior, Jeffery hauled in 32 catches for 910 yards and 14 scores. He was as impressive on defense, where he picked off 7 passes and took 3 back for scores. The versatility and big-time playmaking potential is why so many schools are after Alshon, and he feels his recruitment is going pretty well.

"Recruiting is good. I'm not really sure how many offers I have. I am not surprised that I have this many now. I've worked hard to get to where I am at, and I think it is paying off for me. Southern Cal has offered me; Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Tennessee, Colorado, North Carolina and South Carolina are some of the schools that have offered. Virginia Tech is talking to me and saying an offer should be coming soon."

Florida State has made in-roads in the Palmetto state over the past decade, and Jeffery is thought to be one of their top targets from the state over that span. According to Jeffery, the coaches have him as a high priority at the wide receiver position.

"I've spoken to Coach Coley and heard that since they saw my film they really like me a lot. They told my coach that I am at the top of their board and one of their prime targets. Coach Coley was talking to me about getting me down to camp this summer. I will come down for Seminole Showtime in July. I like FSU, but I am looking at all the other offers too. I know they (Florida State) like to throw the ball a lot."

Alshon says that at this time he is pretty open to the recruiting process. Along with teammate David Sims, Jeffery has been making visits to schools around the south.

"I've been to a couple schools. Alabama was a very good visit and stood out. I had a good time there. Tennessee was a good visit, too. I'm pretty open to all of the schools that have offered me, so I want to get out and see what these schools have to offer me. I want to go out to Southern Cal for camp, and I know I'll be going to FSU this summer. The rest I don't know yet."

With his size, Alshon is a big time playmaker on the gridiron. The combination of size and speed makes him hard to stop, and it's those same attributes that makes him a top basketball player. This past season Alshon led his team to the state title, where he averaged over 20 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. At this time he isn't sure which he'll play on the next level.

"I'm not sure what sport I will play in college, but I know I am going to focus on one sport. I don't know what I am looking for and I don't know when I will make a decision. I guess when I feel it I will make the decision. I'll be making all 5 official visits to the schools I like, and that will probably help me make the decision in the end."

At this time Jeffery may be one of the most open prospects in the nation. The decision on whether he will play football or basketball on the next level will play a major part in his recruitment, so his process will most likely go all the way to Signing Day. Florida State is coming hard after the gifted athlete, and at this time it looks like Jeffrey will check out what the Seminoles have to offer. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates on Alshon and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

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