First Official Trips Coming

Anthony Jefferson

Anthony Jefferson takes his first official trip on Sept. 25 to Oregon for their game against California. The week after visiting Eugene, Jefferson will be heading back up north to Berkeley to see the Bears host USC. While ranked by Scout.com as the nation's No. 47 wide receiver, Jefferson is also an excellent defensive back. "I don't have a preference," Jefferson said. "I like offense and..."

Anthony Jefferson, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound four-star wide receiver/defensive back from Cathedral High School in Los Angeles, Calif., will be taking his first official on Sept. 25 to Oregon – when the Ducks take on California.

"I really like the offense they run," Jefferson said about the Ducks. "It's a very productive offense. I also like the coaches a lot. Coach Chip Kelly has been talking to me a lot and says that he thinks I'd get on the field early if I went there. He says they are still young and need players and see me being a big one. "

So Jefferson may be able to start early for Oregon, but what position do the Ducks want him for? "Both," he said. "They are recruiting me as an athlete."

While ranked by Scout.com as the nation's No. 47 wide receiver, Jefferson is also an excellent defensive back. "I don't have a preference," he said. "I like offense and defense and most schools are recruiting me as an athlete."

The week after visiting Eugene, Jefferson will be heading back up north to Berkeley to see the Bears host USC. "I'm hoping that'll be a great game," he said. "Both USC and California are top Pac-10 teams, so it should be a big one."

He says the Bears are recruiting him the hardest.

"They are showing a lot of interest," Jefferson said. "I've been talking to the coaches every week and they really like me.

"I like how (defensive coordinator) coach Bob Gregory is a good guy and he knows how to get me into a position to do great," he said. "They are still up-and-coming and are having a great year so far. I really like how (running back) Jahvid Best is doing and the offense is on fire. The defense is getting it done too. The USC game is going to be big"

Speaking of the Trojans…USC is also on Jefferson's short list. "I talk with coach Ken Norton regularly," he said. "He's just telling me to stay focused on my senior year and not let anything distract me. They are very interested in me too."

Jefferson attended the USC camp earlier this summer and has an offer from the Trojans as well. He says he watched the game against Washington on TV.

"That was a tough loss," he said. "I didn't think Washington would win at all. I was really shocked.

"(Quarterback) Aaron Corp didn't do too well," Jefferson said. "But they just need to bounce back. I think they will."

Besides visiting Oregon and California, Jefferson says he's also considering taking official trips to Oklahoma and Notre Dame (both have offered).

"Notre Dame is a great program and I like coach Charlie Weis," he said. "He's a good coach and Notre Dame is a school I've always been interested in. I'm interested in getting out there and seeing what it's like."

He says the Sooners have also piqued his interest.

"Oklahoma is always such a powerhouse," he said. "But I don't really know a lot about them. I need to try and get to know the coaches better and get a better feel for the program."

Although he still denies a leader, Jefferson favors Oregon, California, UCLA, USC, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. All have offered as well as Tennessee, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington, Washington State and Colorado.

He says he may not visit USC or UCLA officially because they are so close.

"I love the campus at UCLA," he said. "It's a great school overall.

"I really like how coach Rick Neuheisel is turning things around over there," he said. "The win against Tennessee was big and they have a lot of young talent, so they are going to get even better. They've got time to build and improve and I could be a part of that too."

Jefferson says he won't be making a decision until after his senior season.

"I want to go to a good program and where I fit into the school and where I can enjoy myself," he said. "I also want great coaches that will help me reach the next level. My goal is to go to college and then the NFL."

Jefferson's senior season is off to a great start as Cathedral High School is 3-0. Jefferson has already caught seven touchdowns on 313 yards receiving. He also has 12 tackles on defense.

Cathedral opened their 2009 season on Sept. 4 with a 26-10 victory at San Gabriel High School. They then beat Glendale High School 52-13 and defeated El Segundo 55-28 on Sept. 18. Next up is a trip to Eagle Rock High School on Oct. 2.

Jefferson plans to major in business and reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1280 PSAT. He'll be taking the SAT in October.

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