Though it was worth a second bump to highlight BruinGold82's find below. GO BRUINS. - N
Alright everyone. UCLA just got a huge commit from one of the top players in the country. Tony Jefferson, from Eastlake HS, Chula Vista, made it official......and this is great news. The guys is a flat-out stud!
According to Rivals he is the #50 prospect overall in the country. A four-star pick. He had offers already from U$C, Florida, and Georgia.....but he picked the Bruins. I really hope we can hold on to this guy through the process as people will be coming hard for him until he signs his name on the dotted line.
He played outside linebacker in HS, but he is projected as a safety. By the time he comes in, R. Moore will be a star and probably a year away from moving to the NFL, so this guy will come in, compete, and be ready to shine for 3-4 years.
Rumor is also that Jefferson was locked and a silent verbal to U$C, but became unhappy with the coaching staff and called CRN to become a Bruin. You gotta love it. This guy is blue and gold the whole way. Still a year away from becoming a Bruin, and he is already sticking it to the cheaters across town. This is a big deal, that other 4-5 star recruits will take notice of. CRN and staff are awesome!
UPDATE (N): Just days ago Jefferson dropped U$C*. More details after the jump.Scout.com's has this bio on the latest Bruin commit:
Tony Jefferson finished his junior season with 88 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, two fumbles caused and two recovered. Offensively, he had 1,328 yards rushing for 28 touchdowns. Jefferson says he can bench 255-pounds, squat 455-pounds and has a 28-inch vertical jump.
Sophomore stats and honors: 77 tackles and three picks. Was named a First Team All-State Sophomore, All-CIF, All-League and Defensive Player of the Year.
Jefferson would like to major in engineering and reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 1400 SAT.
Jefferson: “I can run through people. That definitely makes it easier because most people can’t put a move on me. I go at 100-percent and don’t let guys escape. I can keep them contained.
“On offense I’ve been told I’ve got some great spin moves.
“I think strength is about 70-percent of the game and I try and lift a lot. I also work hard on my route running and run to stay in shape. I want to be able to cover as well as I can tackle.”
Needless to stay a big time get for Rick Neuheisel and UCLA. Check out our up to date commitment list here.
Welcome to Westwood Tony. GO BRUINS.
UPDATE II (N): Tony Jefferson is now the number 1 ranked athlete on ESPN's recruiting board:
He's could fit as a hybrid safety, particularly in a bandit role, due to his impressive physical tools and skill set. He hits the hole fast on offense and wastes no time accelerating downhill. Deceptively very strong. Reaches top speed by his second or third step and that great burst combined with his rare quick-twitched body, low center of gravity and determination allows him to spin his way out of a lot tackles. Never stops his feet on contact and has great balance and body control. Very light and smooth on his feet as well. He shows he can make defenders miss without gearing down much in his lateral cuts. Shifty and elusive through traffic and can slide through the small creases just as they open. Displays a great burst separating in the second level, but may be a bit quicker than fast. Bottom line, Jefferson is very dynamic and an exciting prospect to watch on both sides of the ball. If he were a tad taller he may be one of the more highly-rated prospects in the past few classes, but he does utilize his low center of gravity to his advantage and plays the game fast, physical and with great intensity on every snap. Excellent athlete who may enter college as a strong safety and grow into a disruptive outside linebacker.
HT to for BruinGold82 for the find. Let's hope CRN and his staff can hold on to him. GO BRUINS.