Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral athlete Anthony Jefferson
(6-2, 180) has set up his first two official visits and, over the course of the next few months, will set up the other three trips.
One thing Jefferson hasn't done is start narrowing down his list of schools. Having been close to the up-and-down recruitment of former teammate Randall Carroll a year ago, Jefferson is taking a much more deliberate approach to his own.
"One thing Randall did tell me was don't make an early commitment," said Jefferson. "For me, I hadn't really decided anything anyway, but that was good advice. I'm taking the most time as possible as I need for my decision."
So Jefferson is doing that, setting up visits and leaving options open for down the line.
"I set up my officials with Oregon and Cal," said Jefferson. "I'm going to Oregon on September 25th when the play Cal and then October 3rd I'm going to Cal (when they play USC). I'm going to take all five of them (visits) for sure, but I don't know which other three schools I'm going to be visiting yet."
Some of the schools Jefferson is considering visiting officially include Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arizona and Washington.
"I doubt I'll take an official visit to USC or UCLA since I'm always at both of those schools," said Jefferson.
Jefferson was a visitor to both USC and UCLA during the fall practices.
"I went to both of their past scrimmages and went to two of UCLA's practices," said Jefferson. "At USC, they were good practices and they were really getting after it at the practices. At UCLA, it was the same thing there too. One of the days I went they were installing a lot of stuff so I didn't get to see as much but it was still good. But I like the coaches at both schools. At USC, Coach (Ken) Norton is recruiting me and at UCLA it's Coach (Carnell) Lake and Coach (Chuck) Bullough."
Many of Jefferson's offers early on came as a receiver, while more lately have been as a defensive back.
"I don't really have a preference for which side to play," said Jefferson. "I'll play either side. I'm playing both ways this year, and I'm cool with either side."
Jefferson said that he doesn't have a favorite at all, and that when he completes setting his visits, that will be a better indicator of who he's considering the most seriously.
"It's still pretty early so I don't really have a preference for any one school," said Jefferson. "I'm looking at all the schools equally."
Jefferson said that he talks with Carroll often, who's played himself into the rotation at UCLA as a true freshman.
"Actually, that's been one of the reasons I've been at UCLA a lot is to check out Randall, and see how he's liking it there," said Jefferson. "He's really liking it and they're treating him well. He tries to recruit me usually when we talk but he says it's my decision. But he says he'd love it if I came to UCLA with him."
Jefferson said that he could decide in time for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl but not any time in the near future.
"I was selected to the U.S. Army Game but I'm not really sure if I'll be ready to announce by then," said Jefferson. "I just know it's not going to be anytime soon."
Jefferson and Cathedral open their season next Friday against San Gabriel and they'll also have a key game in Week 10 against Gardena Serra in what could amount to the Del Rey League title. Jefferson will have his work cut out for him that game, getting to match up against either Robert Woods, Paul Richardson and George Farmer.
"That game is going to be televised on FSN so that should be fun, but we got a long time to worry about that game," said Jefferson.
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