Eight offers for Jefferson

This weekend Cleveland Glenville has the opportunity to win its fourth consecutive state track championship. One of the Tarblooders' many stars is sprinter Kyle Jefferson, who also happens to be one of the Midwest's most sought-after wide receiver prospects.

With eight scholarship offers, Kyle Jefferson is establishing himself as one of the more highly recruited football prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2007.

This weekend, however, Jefferson's athletic ability will be placed on a different stage, as he and his track and field teammates at Cleveland Glenville High School go for a fourth consecutive state championship.

"From what I understand, from what my coaches tell me, I have not known of any school to four-peat," Jefferson said during a telephone interview Tuesday night.

The Tarblooders have the opportunity to do just that, and Jefferson will figure prominently in the outcome. He is qualified for the state meet in the 400 meters and on the 800- and 1,600-meter relay teams. The state meet takes place Friday and Saturday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on the Ohio State campus in Columbus.

"We have a good chance of winning," Jefferson said. "We have to go out on Friday, everybody compete and make it to the finals so we can get points. If we do that I believe that we will have a four-peat."

If Jefferson was not drawing so much attention for his football potential, he would be a highly recruited track athlete. As it stands now, though, his suitors are focusing on courting him for football.

"I know I have a lot of schools interested in me track," said Jefferson, who won a regional title in the 400 last week, completing the distance in 48.05 seconds. "But right now I really don't know who's offered me for track. I don't really know if they (have offered) me just for football. Most schools are just offering me for football, but I don't know if they are offering me for football and track."

Jefferson said he has received football scholarship offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan State, Akron, Miami (Ohio), Purdue and Bowling Green.

"Right now it's been real good," Jefferson said of his football recruitment. "We had a good turnout (at Glenville during the spring evaluation period). We had a lot of different coaches come to the school and take different guys out. Recruiting-wise it is great."

Jefferson said that all of schools that have offered him a scholarship stopped by Glenville, as well as Ohio State, Marshall, Iowa, Syracuse, Boston College, Michigan, Northwestern, and several others.

The 6-foot-4, 175-pounder said he does not have any favorites at this point.

"I really don't really have any favorites," Jefferson said. "To me every college that is interested in me and the colleges I am interested in is always the favorites. But right now I really don't know which schools I'm (visiting) so that's hard for me (to name favorites)."

When does Jefferson want to make his decision?

"I'll probably wait until my (football) season is over with; until I go through my whole season with my team, before I make any decision on what school I'm going to," he said.

Jefferson's summer football schedule will begin with the Ted Ginn Bus Tour, which will visit about a dozen college campuses.

"That's in two weeks," Jefferson said of his head football coach's annual event. "And then when I get back from Ginn's tour we have this team camp we go to. After we come back from the team camp we go back into our summer practices with our running and weight lifting and stuff like that."

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