Jefferson Likes Competition at USC

Four-star safety prospect Tony Jefferson from Chula Vista (CA) Eastlake HS is one of the top defensive recruits in the state of California with offers coming from schools in the Pac-10, SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten. Look inside to see what he had to say about the USC Trojans.

Four-star safety prospect Tony Jefferson from Chula Vista (CA) Eastlake HS is one of the top defensive recruits in the state of California with offers coming from schools in the Pac-10, SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten.

With several offers already on board, Jefferson knows what he is looking for in a school and said the end of recruitment is in sight.

"It's kind of coming down to the end," said Jefferson, who could make his final decision in the next few months.

With a decision possibly coming soon, the USC Trojans remain in the top spot to land the talented safety.

"USC is No.1 right now," Jefferson said. "You can't beat the competition that is there and the fans. I love the school and the coaches and everything. They make you feel at home."

The 6-foot-0, 197-pound recruit spent some time in Los Angeles this May watching the Trojans during spring practice, and came away very impressed with the level of intensity displayed on the practice field.

"It's different from everyone else, the intensity and the game-level speed," he said. "Their strength and conditioning coach is phenomenal. He teaches them how to be fast and strong at the same time, and that's what you need.

"I have never seen anything like how USC plays."

In his junior season at Eastlake High School, Jefferson recorded 88 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles while playing linebacker.

While it's hard to beat his production as a linebacker, Jefferson feels he is better suited to play safety on the college level because of his size.

"I think I am better at safety mainly because of height," he said. "If I was 6-foot-2, or something, maybe I would be an outside linebacker. As a safety, I think I can run through the ball, I am a sure tackler and cover too."

With offers from USC, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State, Oklahoma, UCLA and Notre Dame, Jefferson has plenty of options and is looking for a school that makes him feel at home.

"I have to go somewhere that I feel is a home away from home," he said. "Make sure that I am comfortable because this is my life and dream."

Jefferson would like to major in engineering and reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1400 SAT.


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