There is no doubt that four-star linebacker/safety/running back Tony Jefferson (6-0, 196, 4.5) from Chula Vista (Calif.) Eastlake is one of the best players that the Golden State has to offer for the class of 2010. He was an early commit to Stanford, but that appears to be no longer in the cards.
"Stanford is no longer an interest," Jefferson said. "Stanford is a great school, but I didn't get the feeling that I belong there."
Stanford's loss will be some other lucky school's gain.
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Besides Stanford, Jefferson has offers on the table from the likes of Arizona, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Florida, Tennessee, Purdue, Notre Dame, Boise State, Fresno State, Colorado State and San Diego State.
At the present time, Jefferson is being recruited as an athlete as he's a standout on both sides of the ball.
As a running back, Jefferson rushed for 1,328 yards and scored 28 touchdowns. Defensively, Jefferson racked up 88 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
Jefferson's junior seasons performance saw him earn first-team all-state, first-team all-CIF, first-team all-league and was his League's Offensive Player of the Year.
Jefferson prefers to play on defense because he loves to hit. If Jefferson grows he will play outside linebacker, if his size stays the same, he slotted to play safety on the D-I level.
What is Jefferson looking for in a school?
"One will be the schedule the team plays," Jefferson said. "I want to be able to compete against the best."
"I will also be looking at how the program is run," Jefferson said. "Meaning how the coaches run their practices, games and what their attitudes are."
"Of course academics will also be a very big consideration," Jefferson said. "The lifestyle on campus will also be a consideration."
Jefferson was selected to the preseason Rivals.com Rivals100 team for the class of 2010 landing as the nation's No. 42 prospect at any position.