"Excellent" Trip For Jefferson

Wynnewood (PA) Friends' Central standout Amile Jefferson is one of the top recruits in the 2012 class, and this weekend he was in Raleigh for an official visit to NC State. Pack Pride spoke with his father, Malcolm Musgrove, last night about the trip.

Wynnewood (PA) Friends' Central standout Amile Jefferson is one of the top recruits in the 2012 class, and this weekend he was in Raleigh for an official visit to NC State. Pack Pride spoke with his father, Malcolm Musgrove, last night about the trip.

"It was an excellent visit," said Mr. Musgrove. "Amile has been to NC State before, but this time it was important to get back down there because he didn't have a chance to meet with all the players on the previous visit. He did that this time around which he liked.

"He spent some time with the players and also talked with Rodney Purvis, one of the commitments in their class. Amile is very familiar with Rodney from the AAU circuit, and they spent some time talking. Again, I would say he had a very good visit."

One of the highlights of the visit was attending NC State's football game against North Carolina. The atmosphere stood out, according to Mr. Musgrove.

"Amile is a well-rounded person, and he loves basketball but that won't be the only factor his decision is based on," said Mr. Musgrove. "He wants to find a place where he fits in, and he is looking for a great place to go to college. Basketball is key and will come first, but he wants to experience college, a student's life, as well.

"At NC State we attended their football game and there wasn't a lot of scoring, but it was an exciting game. The atmosphere around there was exciting for a recruit to see... folks have pride in their school and flaunt their colors. He got to see what that was all about at NC State."

While attending the Wolfpack's Red/White Scrimmage, Mr. Musgrove and Jefferson had a chance to talk with NC State AD Debbie Yow. What did he think of their conversation?

"We actually spoke with Debbie Yow on our unofficial visit and our official visit," said Musgrove. "She is just an outstanding class act. She explained her path to NC State and talked about her commitment to the university and the athletic department. She wished Amile well on his decision."

NC State's coaching staff has invested a lot of time recruiting Jefferson. The five-star forward was tracked all summer by assistant Rob Moxley, and the Wolfpack's persistent effort led to them being heavily in the mix.

"Coach Moxley has been a class act," said Musgrove. "I think from the first time he saw Amile he believed he had the skillset to fit their offense and from there it has taken off. He's done a great job.

"Since the new staff took over at NC State they have been one of the schools heavily recruiting Amile. They showed a ton of interest, and they followed him throughout the summer and have been up to Philadelphia for his workouts. I don't think there is any doubt in Amile's mind that they want him, and that he fits their style of play."

The Wolfpack currently has commitments from five-star recruits Rodney Purvis and T.J. Warren and four-star point guard Tyler Lewis. Jefferson, who is familiar with all three players, is a Top 25 prospect as well, and he would give NC State a third five-star recruit if he committed.

"He knows the caliber of those kids because he has played against them," said Musgrove. "He has lost some tough ones and won some tough ones, and he knows how competitive they are. One thing that stands out to him I believe is that they are also coming from programs that win.

"Winning can be a mindset and those guys have been successful on their AAU teams and have been winners. That's huge because you want to come in with folks that win... I think that's really important. The ACC is a great conference, but it doesn't matter if you aren't winning."

As of now, Mr. Musgrove indicated that Temple, Villanova, NC State, Ohio State, UCONN, Kentucky, and Stanford remain in the mix. Jefferson has taken official visits to NC State, Ohio State, UCONN, and Kentucky, and unofficial visits to Temple and Villanova. This weekend he is scheduled to take his final official visit when he heads out to California to check out Stanford.

"The fifth visit will be this weekend when Amile goes down to Stanford," said Musgrove. "We will take a look at Stanford and as soon as we get back we will sit down as a family and look at all of the programs under consideration.

"It will be a tough decision for him to make, but he will have all the information. He has taken the visits and knows the schools and situations."

The fall signing period begins this Wednesday and is open until November 16th. Musgrove believes Jefferson will have a decision before the signing period is over... but don't expect a big announcement.

"He is not that kind of kid," said Musgrove. "I don't think he will have a press conference or anything like that.

"As soon as Amile gets back on the 13th we're going to talk, and I believe very shortly after he returns we will be calling all the coaches notifying them of his decision."

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