Jefferson Keeping Badgers in Mind

Wisconsin wants playmakers in the Class of 2007, and there may not be a better target on their wishlist that defines playmaker than Cleveland, Ohio (Glenville HS) wide receiver Kyle Jefferson. Josh Clark caught up with Jefferson to offer this exclusive report.

Every year, under Ted Ginn's tutelege, it seems Glenville boasts some of the finest prospects, not only in Ohio, but in the entire nation.

While there is not a Donte Whitner, Ted Ginn, Jr., or JaMario O'Neal in this class that has grabbed all the headlines, Kyle Jefferson continues to display the type of upside that may one day place his name along the headlines with the former Glenville stars.

The Wisconsin Badgers witnessed the combination of size, speed, and overall athleticism at their most recent summer football camp, and have been in hot pursuit ever since.

"I like Wisconsin," said Jefferson via a telephone interview on Wednesday evening. "I have watched their games this fall, and can see what they want to do with their passing game, but haven't had the vertical options. That is why Coach (Henry) Mason is coming after me to add that dimension."

"I also like the fact Coach Mason has really stressed academics. He really cares about his player's education, and watches out for you more than you just being a football player on the field. Wisconsin has a great engineering program, too, and that is what I want to major in."

Jefferson recalled his initial face-to-face meeting with Coach Mason this past summer at camp.

"The first time I met him, you know you always like to make predictions, and I can say Coach Mason proved me wrong. Coach Mason is very cool; a nice guy. He will work me hard, which I want my coach to do, but at the same time will teach me," Jefferson stated.

Jefferson has received 15 scholarship offers, but still awaits to hear whether the Ohio State Buckeyes will extend a scholarship offer.

According to Jefferson, the Buckeyes are awaiting word on two prospects they have higher on their board before making a decision on whether to offer.

Jefferson stated alongside the Badgers, Iowa, Minnesota, Boston College, Indiana, Purdue, and Nebraska are the programs, whom have offered, that he is most seriously considering at this time.

He also continues to hear from Michigan, and is awaiting word on whether they will offer.

"I can say, right now, Wisconsin is the only school that I know for a fact I would like to officially visit," added Jefferson, who stands at six-foot-five, 190-pounds and reports a time of 4.4 in the 40-yard dash.

"It will all depend on how far our teams goes into the state playoffs because that will impact how many December visits I'm able to make. I do know I want to take all my visits, though, and will make my decision after that."

Regarding his reported speed, Jefferson says he gives a lot of credit to Ted Ginn, Sr., who coaches Glenville track along with his football responsibilities.

"He really got me to open up my stride. He told me I have long legs so use them. He got me to shorten down my steps, and pump my arms because the more you pump your arms, the more you'll move your legs."

Jefferson also says he gives a lot of credit to the football program at Glenville in regards to his current status.

"I remember coming in my freshman year, and just seeing all of those guys, like Ted Ginn, Jr., above me. He just made me want to work that much harder to be right at the level of those guys."

Lastly, academics will play a vital role in determining Jefferson's destination.

"I really care about my school work and studies. I realize I need to so I can make it in life. I love football and all, but if I don't take care of my school work and studies then football won't mean anything," Jefferson concluded.

Jefferson is fully qualified with a 3.4 GPA and a 19 on the ACT.

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