"It all came down to a feel factor. To be from Polk County, which is SEC country, and to be offered a scholarship and chance to be the leader of a team that just won the National Championship was very seductive. However, the Rutgers staff was really in to me coming here. We could do amazing things here. I just felt this was going to be my team".
The coaching staff did a great job of recruiting D.C. Jefferson. Also being in the NYC area did not hurt. "The staff at Rutgers is awesome. Coach Schiano, Demo, my future offensive coordinator Coach McNulty, Coach Susan, the training staff, all those guys are great recruiters and great people. They have become like family. The players that I met on my visit are people that I want to ball out with. Also, this program is in the New York area, which is an amazing city. The city just won an NFL championship and you watch the parade and see how people went crazy up there. I think the place can be a Big Time program in the years to come. I want to have an impact in turning this place in to a Big Time program".
When D.C. was reminded that N.J/N.Y.C. area is still considered an NFL town, D.C. gave quite the impressive response. "If you build it, recruit the right kind of people, it will become a place that loves college football. I remember watching the Louisville game last year and seeing the Empire State Building in red. There was no bigger stage than that. Everything great was not always great at some time. I am sure NYC was not always an NFL town, but became an NFL. And if we keep chopping, it will become a college town".
D.C.'s confidence is obvious. "NYC has had its history of legendary QB's. I think Eli Manning, who is from the South, is becoming a legend up there. And he wears #10. Joe Namath, who played at Alabama, he wore number #12. I am thinking about asking the coaches to let me where either #10 or #12 when I get up there. Those are good luck numbers up there'…..'I am confident in my abilities. But I also feel like I am in a zone right now. I feel like God is giving my guidance, and I have really solid people around me. I know in my heart great things are going to happen".