Egg Harbor (N.J.) Egg Harbor Township wide receiver/safety Cedric Jeffries had committed to Virginia back in August. However, after all the coaching changes that occurred the past few weeks, Jeffries began to think twice about that pledge. After an official visit to a Big Ten school, he decided to change direction.
"I committed to Penn State on Saturday," said the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder. "I visited there the weekend of Dec. 2 and I liked the way the coaches and people were like a family. I took a couple of visits there during the season after they offered me in September and I just started to feel it a bit. Then after all the coaching changes, I decided to take a more serious look."
Jeffries liked what he saw.
"At Virginia I got that feeling that everyone was like a family and then four coaches left," he said. "That made me wonder a lot about what was going to happen there. I didn't want to go into a situation where there would be a lot of coaching moves. I felt at Penn State the coaches who are there now will be there when I graduate."
Jeffries will be a strong safety at Penn State. He was recruited as a wide receiver by Virginia.
"Position doesn't matter to me," he said. "I like both offense and defense. More important to me is the feel I get and I got it at Penn State."
Jeffries said Penn State was the only school aside from Virginia he was interested in despite offers from many others. Although his team went 2-8 this season, Jeffries had 18 catches for 300+ yards and 4 scores on offense and 60+ tackles on defense.