Jefferson High On USC

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back has a similar frame as Byron Moore and Torin Harris, the two cornerbacks in USC's 2009 recruiting class, and fits the mold of the long, athletic cornerbacks that Pete Carroll likes to utilize in the Trojans' defensive scheme.

Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral defensive back Anthony Jefferson stopped by the USC campus last month to get a look at the Trojans during spring practice and after talking with the coaches he was thrilled to learn that he would be leaving with a scholarship offer in hand.

"I was just at their practice with Pete Carroll and Coach Richard, we started talking and they decided to offer me," Jefferson said. "It was real exciting because that was one of my top schools since the beginning and they finally offered me, so it was a good deal."

The local standout has long been an admirer of the USC program.

"I just like that they are always winning," Jefferson said. "I like the way that they run the whole program and everything about them."

Jefferson, who also has offers from UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, California and San Diego State, is being recruited by some schools as a wide receiver, but said the USC coaches like his potential as a cornerback.

"I am real physical at the line and I just play smart," he said.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound defensive back has a similar frame as Byron Moore and Torin Harris, the two cornerbacks in USC's 2009 recruiting class, and fits the mold of the long, athletic cornerbacks that Pete Carroll likes to utilize in the Trojans' defensive scheme.

Jefferson recorded 55 tackles, 3 interceptions and a quarterback sack in his junior season.

USC assistant coach Ken Norton Jr. is handling the recruitment of the three-star prospect and the two have already built a strong relationship.

"Ken Norton is a great guy," Jefferson said. "We always talk about what I want to do and how I feel about everything.

"He's a good recruiting coach and we have a good relationship."

Norton, who had an impressive 13-year career in the NFL that included Pro Bowl appearances and 3 consecutive Super Bowl victories, speaks from experience, and Jefferson is taking it all in.

"It's a good thing to know that he's not going to tell me wrong because he has been through the process already," Jefferson said. "I know that he is giving the best advice that he could possibly give me."

The Cathedral star wants to go through the recruiting process and take some visits before making a final decision.

"I'm just looking at the whole Pac-10, Oklahoma, Tennessee and a couple more schools outside of the Pac-10," he said.

Stay tuned to SCPlaybook.com for news and updates on Anthony Jefferson throughout the recruiting process.


Jefferson makes the catch at the Scout 7-on-7 Tournament in Las Vegas.


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