Focus 2011: LB Jalen Jefferson

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure linebacker Jalen Jefferson is one of the Southland's top linebackers in 2011 and the Bruins are in his early top five schools...

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure linebacker Jalen Jefferson (6-3, 215) is one of the premier defensive players in Ventura County for the class of 2011.

A member of the Scout 300 Watch List for 2011, Jefferson has played on the Seraphs' varsity squad since his freshman year, owning a pair of state championship rings, but really came into his own his junior year.

Already the owner of one offer, Jefferson is looking heavily at playing in the Pac-10.

"Washington has offered so far," said Jefferson. "Coach (Todd) Therrian said USC and Oregon could be offering soon. Coach (Rocky) Seto was going to offer but with the coaching change, Coach Orgeron has to meet me, so I feel it's only a matter of time. Chip Kelly has come by St. Bonaventure (who signed his teammate, Troy Hill earlier this month)."

Jefferson also has been hearing from UCLA and Arizona regularly, attending a handful of UCLA games last fall as well as USC games, as guests of those schools.

And he's already got a top five schools.

"In order, its USC, Oregon, Arizona, UCLA and Washington," said Jefferson, who grew up a USC fan.

Jefferson played primarily outside linebacker for the Seraphs this past fall, but this fall could move to safety.

"I can play either outside linebacker or safety," said Jefferson. "They are talking about moving me to strong safety this season, but it's too early to tell right now."

Jefferson said he's planning to visit USC and UCLA unofficially this spring, for their Meet-and-Greet days, and looks to visit Washington officially.

"I will definitely take an official visit up there to Washington," said Jefferson.

Jefferson, in fact, plans to take all of his official trips.

"I will absolutely take all five official visits with plenty of unofficial visits to USC and UCLA since they're close," said Jefferson. "I probably won't make my final decision until Signing Day of next year."

Jefferson is in fine shape academically, with the ACT set for April and a 3.0 GPA, as well as being registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse.

His camp plans remain uncertain for the spring and summer.


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