Three-star two-way standout, Anthony Jefferson from Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral is mostly regarded as a wide receiver, but the 6-foot-2, 175-yard athlete, who runs a consistent 4.5-second 40-yard dash, is being recruited for three different positions. Of his new announced top five, three do want him at the wide receiver position, one at cornerback and one as an athlete.
What about those named top five fortunate colleges? Who are they and is there a favorite among the five?
"I probably have 12 offers, right around there" Jefferson said. "My top five is USC, UCLA, Cal, Oregon and Oklahoma." In that order? "No, it is just my top five."
Of the above five schools, Cal, Oregon and Oklahoma want him as a receiver, USC wants as a corner and UCLA is recruiting him as an athlete. He doesn't know which position he would prefer to play at the next level. "I'm still debating" on that issue.
He gave the following comments on the Pac-10 schools that are in his top five.
"On USC, I just like (head coach) Pete Carroll and the way he coaches and the way the whole coaching staff coaches. Everything is hyped up and it is always fired up and that is always how I am, so I kind of like how they run (things) over there."
"With UCLA, I was just talking to (head coach) Rick Neuheisel and (cornerback) coach Carnell Lake and they seem to be a good fit for me and maybe I will go to that program. They are building the program and I can see it by just going out to the practices. I can see how their program went."
"Cal, that was the first school to offer me. If I go to Cal, I would play wide receiver. I have been to Cal about three or four times and I really like the campus. I have been speaking to (wide receiver) coach Kevin Daft. He has been talking to me a lot. He was telling me how they would be using me and stuff."
"Oregon, I love their offense and what (head coach) Chip Kelly is doing with the whole schemes and everything. They have an explosive offense and I would play receiver there too. What I like about them is that their offense is really dynamic."
Jefferson is not 100 percent certain when he will make up his mind, but "I think I might hold on until the end of the season and I will be taking some official visits."
Two different factors will come into play on his final determination.
"I would have to talk to my family and everything and discuss it with them, especially my dad as he has been through this already," Jefferson said. "For me it is going to be somewhere that I can really see myself fitting in, so living there and the coaches and the whole program. Some place where I'm most comfortable."
Last year as a junior, Jefferson ended up with 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. He was awarded for his performance by being named all-CIF.