Jefferson Visits Arizona, Hears Rumors

Anthony Jefferson, the 6-2 athlete from Los Angeles Cathedral, has heard rumors that he's secretly committed to UCLA. He also talked about his official visit to Arizona, which he says gave him plenty to think about...

Anthony Jefferson, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound four-star defensive back from Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, Calif., has heard the rumors swirling that he's secretly committed to UCLA…rumors that he denies.

"I have heard that," Jefferson laughs. "I read that somewhere, but I don't know where people get that. I'm not committed."

Jefferson denies telling any Bruin coach that he plans on signing with them. "I wouldn't do that," he said. "I'm still trying to figure it out. I really don't have a favorite right now."

In fact, Jefferson says that he's gotten farther from making a choice than closer. "My trip to Arizona (last weekend, Jan. 22) definitely moved them up," he said about the Wildcats.

Arizona is now in a three-way tie with UCLA and Oregon according to Jefferson.

"I've always wanted to go see Arizona and I finally did," he said. "It was great. It's a beautiful campus, the people are great and it's a real nice environment."

Jefferson says one of the highlights of his visit was getting to talk with the Wildcats' new co-defensive coordinator/secondary coach, Greg Brown. "I really like him," he said. "He has some great experience. He coached in the NFL and in college and has coached a lot of guys to go onto the NFL. I really like what he brings to the table."

He also likes the style of defense that coach Brown likes to run. "He likes to do a lot of man coverage and that's how I play," he said. "He told me he needs someone to come in and be ready to play."

Jefferson feels his chances of playing early for the Wildcats are very high. In fact, his player-host, sophomore cornerback Robert Golden, reiterated that fact. "He said they really need more corners and that I'd have a good opportunity to come in and play," he said.

Another thing that Jefferson likes about Arizona is their investment in the football program. "They're planning on spending a lot of money to upgrade the stadium and the facilities," he said. "They're even building some brand new dorms, which should be really nice."

Jefferson, ranked as the No. 15 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, already visited UCLA on Jan. 15 and Oregon on Sept. 26.

"They all have great things about them," he said. "At Arizona I really like the coaches and my chance to play. UCLA is close to home and a great location and Oregon is the hot team right now and has some of the best facilities."

No coaches have visited Jefferson at home or school this week, but he says he expects to see them all again before signing day. Jefferson plans to make his announcement on Fox Sports West on signing day.

"I'll talk to the coaches one last time and just try to decide," he said. "Every time I've thought about committing early I thought about another school and knew to hold it off. It's a tough choice."

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


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