Jefferson Has His Four Schools

Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral athlete Anthony Jefferson talks about the two schools he's visited officially, and the two others that complete his current list of four Pac-10 schools he's considering...

Anthony Jefferson, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound four-star wide receiver/defensive back from Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, Calif., finished his senior season with 50 tackles and two interceptions for an 11-2 team. Offensively, he had 50 catches for around 1,200 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Jefferson, ranked as the No. 44 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, says most schools are recruiting him as a defensive back and he still favors Oregon, USC, UCLA and California. All have offered, but he denies a leader.

He's already taken official visits to Oregon (Sept. 26) and Cal (Oct. 3).

"Cal has always been one of my favorites," he said about the Bears. He's expecting an in-home visit from the Cal coaches this week. He says that Oregon is planning an in-home visit for this week as well.

"Oregon has a great season," he said. "They're gonna be in the Rose Bowl and that's big for them. Their offense is dynamic and they have a great defense too.

"I like coach Chip Kelly," he said. "He's straightforward and very honest. He knows what he wants and all the players listen to him. He knows how to take command."

Although it wasn't an official visit, Jefferson recently attended the USC/UCLA rivalry game on Nov. 27. "It was a great atmosphere," he said. "It's really a huge rivalry around here and the crowd was very loud and into it."

So what did Jefferson think of the controversial final minute of the game? "It's a rivalry game," he said. "They (UCLA) called a timeout, so USC went for it. I think that was pretty exciting."

Although the Trojans won the game, Jefferson admits he's impressed with the improvement he's seen the Bruins make this season. "They are getting it going," he said. "I really think that program just needs a few more big recruits to be back up there. They're very close."

And while the Bruins seem to be on the rise, what does Jefferson think about the Trojans sudden decline? "I really thought they'd have a better season," he said. "But they have a young quarterback and are just gonna build on that.

"That's really what the coaches are focusing on," he said. "They're still all about competing and getting better and building on what they've done. I think they'll be fine."

Notre Dame used to be on Jefferson's list, but says the recent firing of coach Charlie Weis has dropped the Irish in his eyes. "The coaching situation is still up in the air," he said. "I don't really know what's going on there, so I want to wait and see. I haven't talked with any (Notre Dame) coaches about it yet."

Jefferson says he doesn't have a timeframe for a decision. "I'll discuss it all with my family," he said. "I still want to take a few more trips."

Jefferson plans to major in business and reports a 3.0 core GPA and an 1150 SAT.


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