Noah Jefferson is a massive human being. At a shade under 6'7 280 lbs, there aren't many high school football players that look like Jefferson, and the few that do certainly don't possess Jefferson's athleticism. Jefferson is one of the most intriguing prospects out West in 2015, he has a rare blend of size, speed, and smarts.
"This whole process is pretty awesome," Jefferson said. "This is my dream and sometimes I need to pinch myself to make sure that it is real. The hard work is really paying off now, and I just need to stick to the script; work hard, hit the books, and stay humble. Obviously, I was blessed with some ability, being this size is a gift. My dad and brother instilled great work ethic in me and everything has really panned out."
San Diego State was the first to pull the trigger on Jefferson, and while schools were showing the big man some interest, everyone seemed to be in "wait and see mode". That all changed when USC came in with an offer.
"When I called USC last week and Coach Sark extended that offer, I can't even describe the feeling," Jefferson said. "That was a big deal, a really big deal. They have a great coaching staff. I have built a great relationship with them and think it would be great to play there. Coach Sark is a really cool guy, he is young and open minded, it would be a blast to play for him. USC is looking at me to play some defensive end and some defensive tackle. That is ideal for me, I like playing as a 3-technique."
A few days after the Trojans offered another Pac-12 school came in and offered Jefferson.
"Arizona State came by our school early last week, and I knew they were interested," Jefferson explained. "Yesterday, I found out ASU extended an offer which was awesome. Coach Alexander is my recruiting coach, and he is a great dude. He is a straight up guy that has just been real with me from the start. My brother did some camps down in Tempe when he was being recruited and really liked the Sun Devils. I want to take an unofficial visit with my dad and some friends from school this summer. I need to learn more about ASU, before I can really compare them to USC. I like the location and that it's close to home."
Jefferson is also hearing a lot from Colorado and Washington and feels they may offer soon. So with the list of suitors growing for the big man's services, what is it Jefferson is looking for in a school?
"There was no real dream school for me growing up," Jefferson claimed. "USC is pretty awesome, I watched them during the Reggie Bush era and loved their coaching staff back then. But, with that being said they aren't necessarily my dream school. The ideal school has a really strong psychology program. I want to major in psych and academics are a big part of my decision for sure. I want to play in a 4-3 defense that plays fast. I don't want to play "fat and slow football", lean and quick is what I am looking for. From the D Line to the DB's I just want a fast defense out there with me. I love the idea of an old historical campus, kind of like Notre Dame. And the last thing is I want warm weather year round, I hate the cold."
Playing on the West Coast is also something Jefferson mentioned, his family is open to him playing anywhere, but he wants to stay relatively close to home. All the schools Jefferson is considering visiting this summer are within a half days drive from Vegas.
"I definitely am going to check out ASU and go to USC again," Jefferson said. "I plan to be at the USC Elite Camp. In July, we are planning on taking an unofficial to UCLA. The Bruins are pretty high on my list; they have that LA weather, they are rebuilding their program, and have been bringing in some big time players recently. Outside of those three visits I am pretty open to whatever."
Whoever lands Jefferson is landing a prospect with an extremely high ceiling. Jefferson has been working on his power and recently squatted 505 lbs. The explosiveness is already there, at 6'6 280 lbs Jefferson has a 34.5 inch vert. The size, athleticism, and versatility brings a few prominent NFL players to mind.
"I really try to model my game after two guys," Jefferson explained. "J.J. Watt and Julius Peppers are two guys that I really try to emulate on the field. The way Watt dominates in the trenches inspires me. He is stout against the run and pass. He is strong as an ox, but still so freakishly athletic. As for Peppers, I've looked up to him forever. I try to use my basketball skills like he does, and just dominate the game with speed and size. He is one of the best pass rushers and that's my goal."
A lot of the tools are there for Jefferson to become special at the collegiate level. If he can improve technique, flexibility, and upper body strength he could be one of the best out West in the class of 2015.
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