Third Times a Charm

After a wild ride the recruiting process came to an end for Scout.com four-star prospect Tony Jefferson, who picked the Sooners over USC.

Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake Tony Jefferson, a 6-foot-0, 210-pound prospect ended the recruiting process for a third and final time on Friday night when he selected the Oklahoma Sooners over the USC Trojans and Michigan Wolverines at an awards banquet in San Diego.

"It's Oklahoma," said Jefferson. "Yeah, I'm glad to get it over with. Everything about it made it the one for me. It just clicked with me and I fell at home."

Jefferson originally made a commitment to Stanford (9-3-08) during his junior season and then switched to UCLA (7-22-09) in July before opening it up to consider offers from the Sooners, Trojans, and Wolverines.

But OU is his last number one aqnd he has already taken steps to enroll in the school.

"I am signing the intent to enroll tonight," stated Jefferson.

Scout.com Recruiting Manager Brandon Huffman has had the chance to see Jefferson up close and personal on multiple occasions and he believes that the Sooners are getting a real difference maker in Jefferson.

"He's one of the best pure football players on the West Coast," Huffman informed. "He can play three positions. He is one of those guys you look at and just think he is going to be a great player, so he passes the look test. He is very well put together, big thick upper body (and) thick legs. He runs hard and he runs fast. He is power guy with good speed and he has really good agility and good sideline-to-sideline coverage. He can stop the run and he can drop back in coverage."

"The first four plays he was in on the other night (Friday in the CIF Championship) he had three tackles and a pass break-up. So he is active and he is around the ball at all times. He is just a football player. That is the best way to describe him."

Jefferson has a lot of versatility and was recruited at least three different positions by various D1 programs (running back, safety, outside linebacker), but will play in the defensive backfield for the Sooners.

Huffman says that he could somewhat remind ‘Sooner Nation' of former Sooner great and current Cincinnati Bengal Roy Williams.

"He is not as long as Roy Williams is, but he is probably better in coverage than Roy Williams is," Huffman reported. "Jefferson is like Roy in the fact that he will come up in the box, but he also has that recovery speed and the ability to move. That is why he could be a safety, but he could be physical enough that he could be a linebacker. But he is not a liability in coverage at all."

Jefferson will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 9th in San Antonio, Texas.


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