New top schools on Jefferson's list

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is going strong as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we take a look at one of the top athletes from the state of California, Tony Jefferson of Eastlake High School. What schools made Tony's new list? Check it out in this SI update.

During the football recruiting process, an athlete may choose to name favorites or his top selections. But for Eastlake (CA) linebacker Tony Jefferson, his list has changed a few times.

He is hoping this will be the last time before making the final decision.

"I had a Top 5 recently, but the list was so unstable. It just kept changing," Jefferson said. "But here is my new list of top schools: Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, and USC. Right now, I could see myself at all of these schools. I may choose to add more to the list, but this is a good one."

The 6-foot, 200-pound Jefferson said that the main key with all of the listed programs is the relationship with the coaches. He has more that 25 offers to date, but has chosen to focus on these schools for the time being.

As for visits, Jefferson has only been to check out the Trojans, and most recently (this past weekend), UCLA.

"If there is one thing I saw when I was there is that they hit hard," Jefferson said. "I like the way that. They (Bruin coaches) told me I have a good chance of playing my first year."

But playing early is something that Jefferson said would not make or break a deal. He just wants to come and play some ball, whenever that may be.

"It really doesn't matter to me if I play as a freshman. I would have to come in and compete with the best either way," Jefferson said. "I mean, when you come in to play college ball, it's like a business. You have to come in everyday and put in work."

Most schools are recruiting Jefferson as a running back or as a strong safety. He is open to playing either, but would prefer to stay on the defensive side of the ball.

And, it just so happens that one school in particular would like to see him there as well.

"I talk about once a week to coach (Bobby Jack) Wright. He is a honest guy and gives me his opinion on how he thinks I will fit in," Jefferson said. "It seems like we have a pretty good friendship, you know more than just a coach to player thing. We joke around some, but he lets me know that Oklahoma is where I belong. That is comforting."

Jefferson also stated that Wright told him he reminded him of a former Sooner and current NFL player.

"He told me that I remind him of Roy Williams," Jefferson said. "He said I looked like a splitting image of him. He (Wright) seems to be a straight-up coach and lets me know how things will be if I was to come there."

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


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