Jefferson Pac-10 Bound After All

Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake safety Tony Jefferson committed to UCLA on Tuesday night, giving the Bruins their first commit from the Scout 300 and landing an elite prospect with offers from all over the country...

Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake linebacker/safety Tony Jefferson (6-0, 196), put an end to his recruitment, for a second time, but this time, he'll be staying closer to home.

Jefferson committed to Stanford a year ago, opened things up in the spring, and seemed to be destined for the Pac-10, with USC the prohibitive favorite.

But a week ago, Jefferson dropped the Trojans and on Tuesday night, Jefferson committed to Pac-10 rival UCLA.

"I committed to UCLA last night," said Jefferson. "I committed to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel. It's a great school and I just felt honesty with the coaches."

Upon dropping USC, Jefferson said he would be visiting five programs, all national programs, including Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida and Penn State.

But with his commitment to the Bruins, Jefferson said he's not going to be taking those trips.

"I'm done," said Jefferson. "I made a decision that I'm going to be a December graduate and I wanted to be committed by September so I can focus on my senior season."

Jefferson had previously visited UCLA unofficially, but is hoping to get back up there in the next few weeks before his senior season starts.

"They want me to play safety and I just feel like UCLA is the right fit for me," said Jefferson.

In Jefferson, the Bruins land their highest rated prospect in the class of 2010, and first from the Scout 300.

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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