Tony Jefferson Update

Submitted by TomVH on October 26th, 2009 at 9:12 PM

California DB Tony Jefferson recently announced his intention to take an official visit to Michigan, although committed to UCLA. Jefferson is a four star safety with a fake [ed: !!!] 4.5 40 time. As I mentioned in a different thread, my computer broke again, so this will be somewhat brief, and in a different format. I spoke with him about the change in his recruitment, and here are some bullet points about what he said:

  • Wherever he goes, he will be enrolling early, which means he will be deciding soon.
  • His visit will be November 7th for the Purdue game.
  • "The coaches (from Michigan) have been talking to me for awhile now, and they've really turned up the intensity. That's part of why I'm taking a visit. I've been talking to coach Singletary and Rich Rodriguez. They've basically been telling me that I'm a priority for them, and they really want me."
  • "I've been watching their games, and I really like the way they've been playing defense. I know at Michigan I could get a really good education, and always be fighting to play in a bowl game; I like that."
  • "I have a really strong feeling towards Michigan. I get along really well with their staff, and Tate Forcier has been talking to me alot. He's a San Diego boy, and he's been telling me about how much he loves it."
  • He said that UCLA hasn't done anything wrong, he just doesn't want to second guess himself.
  • His final list is UCLA, Florida, Michigan, and Miami.
  • An interesting side note: He has a lot of family in Florida, and confirmed that if he committed to Florida, his family might move there.

It seems like Florida has the best shot, but he seemed sincere when he said he has a strong feeling towards Michigan. Since he's never been on campus, you never know. The coaches have definitely shown him they want him, and he mentioned that it means a lot that they're showing so much interest. He'll visit Florida on November 28th and will decide shortly after.

Comments

nightavenger

October 26th, 2009 at 9:23 PM ^

Going after the talent is just part of the deal. We actually have to land some of these guys. Hopefully, by breaking out a new bottle of snake oil, and by showing him our depth chart, we can convince him to go blue.
Tony Jefferson, come on down!

Ziff72

October 26th, 2009 at 9:23 PM ^

Sounds like a good kid. We need Barwis on full tilt and hope he makes a connection with him. Bust out those Super Bowl rings GERG and shine em up.

bronxblue

October 26th, 2009 at 9:30 PM ^

Nice post. Sounds like UM is riding shotgun to Florida, but who knows. At UM he'd nab early playing time; at Florida he'd probably be deeper down the depth chart.

ajscipione

October 26th, 2009 at 9:34 PM ^

the latest info on Jefferson. It's become very apparent that, in the remainder of this recruiting class, M needs to get as many people on campus as possible on the defensive side of the ball. If a recruit makes a visit, anything can happen. I firmly believe that when Greg Robinson gets all the players he needs, the M defense will be very tough. I like how the M coaches are not afraid to go after any recruit in the country.

Ultimate Quizmaster

October 26th, 2009 at 9:53 PM ^

If I'm not mistaken, Florida already has 6 committed safety/cornerback prospects in their class.

***** Matt Elam (projected S)
**** Demar Dorsey (projected S)
**** Jordan Haden (projected S)

**** Jalen Watkins (projected CB)
**** Jon Dowling (not sure)
**** Travon Van (not sure)

That is quite a bit of depth.

mtm

October 26th, 2009 at 10:20 PM ^

A trip to Ann Arbor on November 28th should be just the trick to get the San Diego native to commit... Nothing says "come live in Michigan" more than 34 degree weather, grey skies, and a bit of rain.

JC3

October 26th, 2009 at 10:40 PM ^

Thanks for the info as always Tom. Hopefully he'll enjoy his visit here and decide to commit. Jefferson would be a HUGE get, we need safeties (and elite ones at that) badly.

Irish

October 26th, 2009 at 11:47 PM ^

Thats impressive that they got him interested enough to visit. When he talked about visiting UF there was some hope ND would get a look but it didn't turn into anything, and to be honest only looked like UF was getting a look.

Also be aware that he can't be second guessing because he is on his 3rd "verbal commitment" I believe, committed to both Stanford and USC previously.

Jinxed

October 27th, 2009 at 12:21 AM ^

well.. if the temp doesn't drop too much between now and Nov 7.. I think we got a shot..

however.. something tells me a San Diego kid won't like early
November slush...

Durham Blue

October 27th, 2009 at 12:35 AM ^

would be a HUGE steal at a position of dire need. Michigan is the odd one out of the bunch being the only cold weather school. But UCLA is the only rival of the four when it comes to academic rankings.

lablue

October 27th, 2009 at 2:26 AM ^

are falling on deaf ears my friend. We need something to be happy about and right now that is the possibility of one Tony Jefferson suiting up in Maize and Blue!