Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne running back Jermar Jefferson has numerous options, but only one opportunity to play with his high-school quarterback.
The three-star tailback, ranked No. 7 in California, received a verbal scholarship offer Tuesday afternoon from Rutgers. One week later, he will be on campus.
“It feels good to get the offer,” Jefferson said. “I know it's in New Jersey but I'll be up there on Tuesday to really learn about it.”
Jefferson will be at Rutgers with Scarlet Knights' quarterback commit and Narbonne teammate Jalen Chatman. Chatman's father and a pair of LA-based receivers.
“I'm excited,” Jefferson said. “Jalen's told me about Rutgers a lot. He talks about it all the time. He told me it's great weather, the team is great and the coaches are great. Coach (Lester) Erb, the running backs coach, is cool.
Jefferson described a “great” relationship with Erb, who recruited at Nevada before Chris Ash hired him in December.
“He called me every two weeks even before I had the offer,” Erb said. “The trust is good between us because of that. He kept it true, and it was great to get the offer.”
Jefferson and Chatman are “more than teammates” as stars at Narbonne.
“He's a good friend,” Jefferson said. “I've known him since he was in eighth grade. He's definitely a real dual-threat. He can run. He can throw with accuracy. He's a great leader and great everything. He controls the team. He does his job very well.”
Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Rutgers are after Jefferson the hardest, but attention from schools is up across the board after a torrid spring-evaluation period.
“My speed is improved,” he said. “Every coach says I'm more explosive this year, and I'm bigger. I'm more patient. The big improvement is with my explosiveness.”