Three Stand Out for Jefferson

Anthony Jefferson, the 6-2, 180-pound WR/DB from Los Angeles Cathedral, has about 15 scholarship offers to date, but says that three schools are currently standing out for him...

Anthony Jefferson, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound three-star wide receiver/defensive back from Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, Calif., has around 15 scholarship offers but admits that three stand out.

"I really like USC, California and UCLA," Jefferson said. "Those are the ones that stand out right now."

He says the Trojans, Bears and Bruins now lead solidly over Oklahoma, Oregon and Arizona. All of his favorites have offered as well as Arizona State, Tennessee, Washington, Washington State, Colorado and a few others.

"I want to play for good coaches that are gonna be around," Jefferson said. "I don't want shaky coaches that will be gone before I'm done."

Jefferson has already visited USC, Cal and UCLA, attending junior days at all three and spring games at USC and UCLA. "The USC spring game was very energetic and alive," he said. "They had a lot of people there and it was a lot of fun. UCLA didn't really have as big of a crowd. The energy wasn't as high either, but it was still fun."

"I've always loved USC," Jefferson said. "I love how they play and how they are always so hyped up. I love how coach Pete Carroll runs the program. I've talked to him a few times and I like how he's all about making you better. He really wants everybody to be a winner."

Jefferson is being recruited by Trojans linebacker coach Ken Norton, Jr. "We have a good relationship," he said. "We talk about football a lot and he tells me to follow what I want to do and that it's all up to me."

The Trojans are the only school on Jefferson's list that is recruiting him for defensive back. Everyone else wants him as a wide receiver.

Jefferson's first offer was from Cal in February. "I like the environment out there," he said. "It's a little different than L.A. It's not as fast out there and I thought it might be boring, but it's not. It's still fun.

"I also really like the coaches at Cal. I'm being recruited by (running back) coach Ron Gould and I get along well with all of them," he said. "They said they are lacking in receivers, so it may be a good opportunity to play early."

The Bruins also think Jefferson may be able to play early. "I like how UCLA is talking about rebuilding and getting things turned around," he said.

"Coach Rick Neuheisel seems very focused on improving the team," he said. "He said his main focus is getting players that can come and help get it done. He said that I'm that type of player."

This summer Jefferson hopes to attend the USC Rising Stars camp and says he may take unofficial visits to Arizona, Oregon and Oklahoma. "If I get a chance to, those are the ones I'd like to visit," he said.

"I really like the offense at Arizona," he said. "They pass a lot and get the receiver the ball. They seem to like me a lot too and said they'd use me as an outside receiver."

Another school whose offense appeals to Jefferson is Oregon. "I like them a lot," he said. "They run the spread and it's a very dynamic offense."

What does Jefferson think of new Ducks coach Skip Kelly? "I like him," he said. "He seems like a good guy, but I need to get to know him a bit more. I think it was a good decision to promote him though. They should be able to continue to do well."

The lone non-Pac-10 school that Jefferson is considering is Oklahoma. "They always have a winning program," he said. "I've been watching them for a while and I'd really like to go there and check them out."

Jefferson says he doesn't plan on making an early decision. "I want to wait and hold it out," he said. "I don't want to make any decisions I'll regret, so I plan on waiting.

"My family is going to help me with my decision too, so they need to support my decision," he said. "They don't have a favorite, but they'll be letting me know what they think.

"But it's still going to come down to where I'm the most comfortable," he said. "It's all about where I can see myself playing at."

Jefferson,'s No. 39 wide receiver nationwide, finished his junior season with 40 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns. He also had four interceptions and two sacks on defense.

"I have the ability to run good routes and separate from people," he said. "I can go up and get the ball. I'm aggressive. I also have good bump and run coverage."

He says he can bench 250-pounds and is working to get stronger. "I'm also working on my footwork and my technique on defense," he said.

Jefferson plans to major in business and reports a 3.0 core GPA and is taking the SAT in June.

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