Jefferson excited to get Husky offer

St. Bonaventure (Ventura, Ca.) ATH Jalen Jefferson is a football prospect who is attracting a lot of recruiting attention. Recently, the talented defender pulled in his first offer, this one coming from the University of Washington, and he spoke with about he and his father's reaction as well as his plans over the next few months...

St. Bonaventure finished the season 11-2 last year and was led by a standout defense. Two of the leaders on that defense were DE Cody Kurz, who Washington has also offered, and Jefferson. Both players will be playing different positions in 2010 and Jefferson said that's one thing that he's focused on this offseason.

"Last year I was a linebacker, but this coming year I'm going to be playing safety," Jefferson told "I've never really played in space like that before, so it's going to be a change for me, but our coaches really want to get more athleticism on the field and we have some talented young guys who can play linebacker so I'll move back and that will help us get better on the field."

Currently, Jefferson tips the scales at 212 pounds on his 6-3 frame and he's run a 4.5 forty, posted a 34-inch vertical and has a 255-pound bench press.

"This summer is all about adding strength and also getting quicker," Jefferson said. "I want my senior year to be a big one, the biggest actually, so I know the importance of getting a lot stronger."

Recruiting has just started to pick up for the talented athlete and he said when his dad got the call from his head coach about Washington's offer, neither of them could contain their excitement.

"My coach got a call from (the Husky coaches) and they said they were offering me and Cody," Jefferson said. "Then he called my dad and told him about it and my dad called me to tell me. We were both really excited, but he was even more excited about it than I was.

"Honestly, I didn't know a lot about them before they offered me, but I did see their game against USC last year and that really is what impressed me about them. They have a great staff up there with coach (Steve) Sarkisian and the coach recruiting me, coach (Jimmie) Dougherty is a real cool guy.

"They told me they like me as an athlete and they think I could be successful almost anywhere they put me. I'm fine with that, I just want to play and I feel like wherever I go, the coaching staff will put me in the best position for me to succeed and to help the team."

Besides his offer from Washington, Jefferson said the entire Pac 10 has made contact and that Oregon, Arizona, USC and UCLA have stood out amongst the rest.

"I'm not going to make an early decision," Jefferson said. "I only get to go through this once, so I want to just let schools recruit me and then take some trips, either official or unofficial, so that I can see them up close and to really get to know the program and the coaches better.

"After taking my visits then I will sit down with my family and make a decision."

Jefferson said there is a slight chance he could come up for Washington's 'Rising Stars' camp, but said with money possibly being an issue, he might wait to visit Montlake during the season on his official visit.

He said he definitely plans to visit USC and UCLA for their camps this summer and there are plans to take in one of the NIKE combines as well.

We'll have more on Jefferson in the coming weeks and months as the recruiting process hits full stride.

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