Jefferson Opens it Up, Gets Offers

Tony Jefferson, the 6-0, 196-pound defensive back prospect from Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake, thought his recruitment was done when he committed to a Pac-10 school last September. But with scholarship offers from around the country, he's opened up his recruitment...

Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake linebacker/safety Tony Jefferson (6-0, 196) thought he got the recruiting process over early last September, committing as a junior to Stanford.

But things changed over the fall and, as Jefferson's stock rose, so did his interest in opening up his recruitment. Jefferson did just that and now he's collecting scholarship offers from all over the country.

"Oklahoma and Tennessee are some of my more recent offers so those were cool to get," said Jefferson. "I've gotten a lot of offers actually and I'm enjoying the process."

Jefferson said five schools were standing out for his services. "My top five is USC, UCLA, Florida, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma," said Jefferson. "I made a decision that I'm going to be a December graduate so that's going to mean I have to cut down schools earlier and the recruiting process will have to go faster."

Jefferson plays both sides of the ball for Eastlake, and said the majority of schools like him on defense, but one hasn't made up his mind.

"At Florida, Coach Urban Meyer said the offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator were fighting over me," said Jefferson. "But everyone else was for defense, whether its strong safety or outside linebacker. I could play in space or get more room to make the big blow."

Jefferson attended USC's Junior Day in February and has also been to UCLA on an unofficial visit. Next month, he'll be in South Bend for Notre Dame's Spring Football Game.

"In the summer, I want to take some more unofficial visits and by September I want to have committed," said Jefferson.

Jefferson had a big junior season, recording 89 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks, a pair of fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. Offensively, he ran for 1,322 yards and 26 touchdowns and earned All-State Underclass honors.

Academically, he has a 2.8 GPA and scored a 1450 on the SAT.

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