Gators First to visit Four-Star Linebacker

If the age old saying is true about first impressions lasting a lifetime then the Florida Gators are sitting in a good position for one of the nation's best players. At 6-0 and 200-pounds Tony Jefferson from Chula Vista (CA) Eastlake is one of the top players on either side of the ball in the class of 2010.

Scout.com has Tony Jefferson ranked as the fourth best middle linebacker in the country but could star at a number of positions ranging from linebacker/safety or running back. Jefferson maintains that it's on the defensive side of the ball where he wants to find at home at the next level.

"Florida Coach Bryan White was the very first coach to come and see me," Jefferson said. "The school that is the farthest away from me was the first to come see me in person. That shows me so much and it means a lot to me that's for sure. Not only that but he is coming again. Florida is also recruiting me the most."

The Gators are not the only team showing Jefferson attention they just happen to be the team that is showing the most.

"After Florida, as far as teams that are recruiting me the most, it would be UCLA, Georgia, Oklahoma and USC," he said. "I have over 26 offers right now and I am not sure when I will cut that list down."

Jefferson wants to enroll early, meaning his time table for a decision will come as early as the end of summer or in September/October. He also has a lot of family in the state of Florida that could play a factor. Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and USC are his top four teams at this time.

Jefferson played on both sides of the ball for Eastlake. On defense, he had 88 tackles (12 for a loss) and four sacks, while offensively he rushed for 1,376 yards and 28 touchdowns.


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