Michigan Sends a Message to Jefferson

Michigan was one of a number of schools that paid a visit to Chula Vista (CA) Eastlake High athlete Tony Jefferson in recent days. GoBlueWolverine caught with the talented youngster recently to get his thoughts on the Wolverines and the latest on his frequently changing leaderboard.

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"(Michigan) made it out (Monday)," said Jefferson.  "It was a surprise.  They were saying there were going to come.  Then I stepped into my PE class and (Michigan assistant Tony Dews) was sitting right there."

After the visit Jefferson was able to chat with Dews via telephone and got a received a very strong message about how he fits into the Wolverines' plans.

"(Coach Dews) said I'm one of their top recruits," Jefferson recalled.  "A lot of schools want a lot of people, and then some schools need people.  He told me they need me.  They're telling me I could possibly be a safety (hybrid).  It was basically stuff I want to hear (laughing)."

As one of the West Coast's top prospects, Jefferson has grown accustomed to hearing such recruiting pitches.  He's preparing to hear a lot more of them in the coming days.

"I think about eight (schools) have come through so far," he said.  "Spring practice hasn't started yet.  A lot of schools are going to come next week when practice starts.  Michigan is coming back out."

An already intense recruitment is destined to pick up steam in the coming weeks.  With so many suitors knocking on his door, maintaining any semblance of a top five has become an extremely daunting task.  That has prompted him to change his thought process altogether.

"I use to have a top five, but I just dropped it," Jefferson reported.  "Now I'm just completely open to everybody.  Probably sometime in July I'll get my visits ready and know what I'm going to do.  I haven't decided exactly when."

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Jefferson in the months to come.

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