Henderson (Nev.) Liberty defensive lineman Noah Jefferson, a USC commit, has a vision of what the Trojans’ front line of defense could look like in a couple of years. And much like the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Jefferson, that vision is big.
Jefferson spent part of his official visit over the weekend in the ear of Serra five-star defensive lineman Rasheem Green, who was also on an official visit.
“I was saying, 'Think of it, me on one side and you on the other and Jacob Daniel in the middle. We could possibly be the biggest defensive line in college football,'” Jefferson said. “He was saying it’s just crazy how good USC really can be in a year or two.”
The potential supporting cast is part of the reason Jefferson said he’s never wavered on his commitment to the Trojans even after the three-star recruit began to garner more attention throughout his senior year.
“I knew that we were going to be the No. 2 recruiting class or probably be No. 1 if everybody commits who is supposed to commit. But I just love the school, like the players, like the coaches. USC and LA is a really good fit for me.”
For the Trojans to ascend to the No. 1 class, Green is one of the big five prospects that will have to sign with USC. Jefferson feels like that will happen. Regardless of Green’s college decision, Jefferson is preparing to play multiple positions along the defensive line. Much like the now-departed-for-the-NFL Leonard Williams and Jefferson’s host this weekend, Delvon Simmons, who both played inside and outside, Jefferson is expecting to line up at a variety of spots.
According to Jefferson, the coaching staff talked to him about playing “everything on the line.”
“I’ll be able to play the 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5,” Jefferson said of the shade alignment techniques he could potentially play at USC. “It’s because I’m versatile, so it’s wherever I fit. More like during the game scenario, [it will be] where they need me at too [rather than playing the same position exclusively].”
The discussions with the coaches were a big part of the trip for Jefferson, who said he already liked the campus and had already done his research on the academic side on previous unofficial visits.
“I just wanted to see how the coaches interacted with the players and how the coaches are at practices and with game situations. That was really the biggest thing I wanted to know.”
Jefferson enjoyed the time spent connecting with the current Trojan players, particularly Simmons.
“He just took us down and showed us a good time. Showed us how life in LA was,” Jefferson said. He also added about the experience of having all the class of 2015 commits together this weekend: “It was cool. It was a good environment. At the Coliseum, where we had out last dinner at, it was just nice with everybody being there.”