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Jefferson narrows list to three schools

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After a weekend visit to Arizona, Los Angeles Cathedral athlete Anthony Jefferson said he has a lot to consider with less than two weeks before National Signing Day.
Jefferson is a four-star prospect who's being recruited to play defensive back by his three finalists - UCLA, Arizona and Oregon. No other schools are in contention and Jefferson said he doubts he'll visit any school next weekend.
Staying home allows Jefferson and his family more time to discuss his options, talk it over and come to a conclusion. He expects to wait until signing day to announce his decision on television.
After visiting Arizona and meeting with new co-defensive coordinator Greg Brown, the Wildcats are a legitimate contender for Jefferson, rated as the No. 14 athlete and No. 170 recruit by Rivals.com. Arizona has been recruiting him since early in his junior season but recently re-energized its efforts.
"It was a good trip, better than what I expected," Jefferson said. "What attracted me was the new defensive coordinator, coach Brown. I really like his philosophy on defense and they're doing good stuff over there so it would be a good opportunity for me.
"He's a new coordinator and he really knows what he's talking about so everybody gets the same opportunity, the guys coming in and the guys already there.
"Everybody is new to him. There is no favoritism and it would be a great opportunity to play early seeing that they're low on corners right now and they need corners."
Last weekend, Jefferson visited UCLA and since it's the hometown school he knows a lot of players on the team. There is also already a familiarity with the Bruins. That won't be a deciding factor in Jefferson's decision but it can't hurt.
"I know most of the players on the team especially the corners and a couple safeties so it was nice hanging with them," Jefferson said. "They were just showing me around, telling me how it is up there, how life is going to be when I move in and telling me about the school."
Even though Jefferson visited Oregon in late September, the visit is still fresh in his mind. As he continues to adjust his list of schools, the 6-foot-2 prospect said he continues to keep the Ducks as a favorite.
"Ever since I've been there I really enjoyed the school and they always get in my top," Jefferson said.
The next week and a half will involve talking to family and coaches. Jefferson said he's "pretty sure" that no visit will happen next weekend. He's down to Arizona, UCLA and Oregon and now just has to talk things through so he's confident with his choice on signing day.
"I'm going to be with my family, talking to them every day, making my best decision," Jefferson said. "I'm going to get with them, talk it out and hopefully talk to some of the coaches and then make my decision."
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