Big OL Drawing More & More Interest

West Los Angeles (Calif.) College offensive lineman Brandon Jefferson (6-5, 310) has seen many of his Crenshaw High teammates go on to bigger and better things in college. And the success of his fellow Cougars is driving him to make his mark at the Division I level.

"It's getting me very excited and making me work harder with what these guys are accomplishing," said Jefferson.  "Its great to see my friends do well.  Now its my turn."

His former teammates dot rosters in the Pac-10: Brandon Mebane at California, Terrance Whitehead at Oregon, Aleskey Lanis at UCLA.

"We had some talent when I was at Crenshaw.  They all got the chance to go, but I had to do some work.  Now I'm ready to do it," said Jefferson.

Jefferson is waiting for his first official offer, but said that Oklahoma, Kansas and Arizona are showing the most interest.  Oregon State and Washington State have also been scouting him.

"It's a tough choice to say who I think is at top right now, but I'd say Oklahoma and then Arizona," said Jefferson.  "I know I'm looking to get out of the area."

Jefferson spent his first season at Santa Monica City College and is in his first year at West L.A.  He'll have three years to play at the Division I level.

"After December 1st, I should be able decide.  I have to pass physics to complete my A.A. and then I can go in the spring.  But I will definitely have an A.A.," said Jefferson.  "My GPA is about a 2.2 but by the end of the semester it should be a 3.0 or around there."

Jefferson said he plays all over the offensive line, but that he enjoys guard.

"It is where the action is.  Big guys going against each other.  And its rare for a defensive tackle to be bigger than me," said Jefferson.  "But I could play guard, tackle or center.  OU said they like my footwork as a tackle."

Jefferson had no offers out of high school because he was a non-qualifier but said he is far more focused now.

"I was always smart, I just didn't do what I should and it was hard to get there to where I need to be.  But I'm older now and working a lot better," said Jefferson.

Jefferson said he would like to take at least three official visits before deciding.


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