L.A. Athlete Has Early Top Five

Los Angeles Cathedral wide receiver/defensive back Anthony Jefferson just picked up his first scholarship offer, and it was from a Pac-10 school. The 6-2, 180-pound athlete was a teammate of a 2009 UCLA signee, and Jefferson currently has a list of his top five schools...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral athlete Anthony Jefferson (6-2, 180) just picked up his first scholarship offer last week, and it came from the Pac-10.

"It was Cal-Berkeley that offered me and I was very excited about it," said Jefferson. "Just to get my first one was a relief. And I'm thinking I could get offers real soon from Arizona State, USC and UCLA."

Jefferson said he prefers the Pac-10, and is hopeful those offers materialize.

"My main interest right now is Cal, USC, Oregon, UCLA and Arizona State," said Jefferson. "I'd probably consider going back east, but I'd like to stay on the West Coast so, if I have the opportunity, that's probably what I will do."

Jefferson said the Cal offer came as an athlete, and schools are looking at him as such. "Schools think I could play either receiver or cornerback and I really don't have a preference. I can do it on both sides of the ball," said Jefferson. "I'll play wherever the coaches want me to line up."

Jefferson was the teammate of Randall Carroll, who had arguably the wildest recruitment of any player in the West in the class of 2009, before signing with UCLA.

"Randall has been a lot of help to me through this whole process," said Jefferson. "He definitely shared with me what it was like for him, the different colleges recruiting him and all that. He just said follow what you're going to do and always make it a family decision. Of course, playing with him again would be great, but he told me to just do what is best for you."

Seeing how Carroll was torn in the final months before Signing Day, after having originally committed to USC during the fall of 2007, has given Jefferson more reason to take his time.

"I'm definitely going to take some time, take some visits and see what all of my offers are before I make a decision," said Jefferson. "I'm not rushing it."

Jefferson said that growing up he was a USC fan, and he'll be camping there this summer at their Rising Stars Camp. He's also planning to take in a few more camps during the spring, as he balances football workouts with track.

During his junior year, Jefferson had 36 receptions for 636 yards and four touchdowns and ran in another and defensively, added 55 tackles, three picks and a sack.

Academically, he has a 3.1 GPA and will take the SAT in the spring.

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