Tight End Telfer Has Opportunities

The 6-4, 217-pound tight end from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Randall Telfer, was one of the most productive at his position in the Southland for 2008. Being a good student, he's already getting some attractive opportunities...

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) tight end Randall Telfer (6-4, 217) played a major role for the Cougars in their CIF-SS championship season.

The versatile pass-catcher already has a pair of scholarship offers coming off a big junior year.

"Stanford and Tennessee both have offered me," said Telfer. "My first offer was Stanford and they offered me two days after Signing Day. Then Tennessee offered me last Thursday."

To Telfer, both offers were surprises, especially at this juncture.

"I didn't expect to get any offers this soon, but I was really excited about getting them," said Telfer. "Stanford offered me as a receiver and Tennessee offered me as a tight end."

While those two schools have offered, Telfer has plenty of interest in a host of other programs. "I'm interested in Oregon and I'm also interested in Northwestern. Two guys I know are going there (Davion Fleming and Arby Fields, league rivals from Upland and Los Osos) and I'm also interested in Vanderbilt, and of course USC, UCLA and Cal," said Telfer.

Telfer is planning to take in a couple of Pac-10 Junior Days. "I'm set to go to Stanford's Junior Day on the 28th, and then I'm planning on going to UCLA's Junior Day next week," said Telfer.

Several schools on Telfer's list are known for their academics, which will play a big part in his decision making. "Academics are huge for me and my family. That will be a big reason why I choose a school," said Telfer. "They also have to have a great football program and all these schools have both good academics and football. And I have to have a good chemistry with the coach and the team."

And that could give Stanford the edge, at least for his family. "I'd probably say right now, Stanford is who I like the most, because of the education," said Telfer. "If I had my heart set on leaving California, my family would let me go but they like Stanford a lot."

With size not unlike elite 2009 tight end Morrell Presley, Telfer has the ability to play either tight end or receiver, but if he had his preference, he'd stick to just one of those positions.

"Right now, I prefer to play tight end," said Telfer. "I mean, I can play receiver because I know I can get faster, but I just have played tight end for so long. But whatever the school wants me to play, I'll play. Just get me into the end zone."

Telfer is hoping to make a decision before his senior season starts. "I'd like to decide around mid-summer if I can, but I haven't really thought too much about it," said Telfer.

During his junior season, Telfer helped lead the Cougars to the CIF-SS title and the Baseline League title, in a league that included Richard Brehaut and Josh Nunes-led offenses, catching 42 passes for 678 yards and five touchdowns. He was an all-CIF, all-Baseline League and all-Inland Valley pick.

Academically, he has a 3.5 GPA and will take the SAT in the spring.

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