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Four-star sets first visit

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Four-star, two-way Anthony Jefferson (6-2, 180, 4.5) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral and his teammates are currently embroiled in two-a-days that started this week, so he is a little sore and tired. Such is the life of a football player when doubles come around.
Besides his practice schedule, his recruitment is also keeping him busy as he is one of the most sought after players on the west coast.
On the recruiting trail Jefferson has approximately 13 offers on the table from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington, Oklahoma, Tennessee and San Diego State.
The talented two-way standout is still very open when it comes to colleges. At this time location will not be a consideration. Though Jefferson is open regarding schools, he did set up his first visit.
"I set my first official visit with Oregon," Jefferson said. "I will visit them on September 25th when they play Cal.
The ever busy Jefferson has already visited Cal, USC and UCLA unofficially.
"Cal is a great place," Jefferson said. "I can see myself playing there. I have been talking to Coach Kevin Daft for a long time now and Coach Ron Gould. They are great guys and great coaches. I know Coach Daft knows what he is talking about.
"I plan to set up a visit to Cal, but I still have to check out my schedule," Jefferson said. "We have a lot of games and my Oregon visit is a bye week that's why I decided to go then.
"At USC, they are really hyped up and I love how they practice," Jefferson said. "They really get to it and that is something I really like about USC. That's only going to make me a better player.
"With UCLA, they are kind of different, they're not as intense, but still get after it" Jefferson said. "Coach Carnell Lake was a great player and everything. He's been there and I know he that he really knows what he's talking about. I know he will really coach me up."
UCLA has Jefferson's former Cathedral teammate, Randall Carroll on the roster doing well, will that help the Bruin cause?
"Not really, it is my decision," Jefferson said. "I'm not going to let one player effect my decision. It would be good playing with him again if I did go to UCLA."
Jefferson will be going to UCLA's scrimmage on Saturday (August 20th).
There are two out of state schools knocking on the door for possible visits.
"I have been looking at Notre Dame and Oklahoma, lately," Jefferson said. "I'm looking into their programs more, because I haven't really been talking to the coaches that much, and I'm trying to get out there to check out both of those schools.
"They one of my two schools that I have been trying to get an official visit with," Jefferson said. "Those two schools and maybe Cal. I don't really know those are the only schools that I am thinking about right now.
"I will probably end up making my decision in February," Jefferson said. "I think I'm going to take all the time I need."
What is Jefferson looking for in a college?
"I'm looking for a coaching staff that are going to be there and really know how to help me get to the next level," Jefferson said. "That's what I am really shooting for and a program where I will fit in. I also want to get a lot of playing time."
Jefferson has the ability to play corner or wide receiver on the D-I level
"I'm really getting recruited heavy as a corner lately," Jefferson said. "A few schools are recruiting me as a receiver, but it is more likely to the defensive side now and I'm fine with that. I pretty much want to help out a team anyway I can."
Last year as a junior, Jefferson ended earning all-CIF recognition after hauling in 36 receptions for 636 yards (17.67 average) and four touchdowns. He rushed for another 72 yards on only three carries and scored another touchdown.
On defense, Jefferson was one of his team's best players. He had 31 unassisted tackles, 24 assisted, one sack, three interceptions, four caused fumbles and one recovered fumble.
Jefferson earned a spot on the Rivals.com Rivals250 for the class of 2010 and was selected to the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 landing as the Golden State's No. 21 prospect at any position.
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