USC recruiting notes: Jefferson lands offer

Not many defensive linemen would join a passing league squad and voluntarily spend their weekends running routes, matching up against linebackers in open space and perfecting the goal-line fade.

In an effort to get his name out more, three-star defensive tackle Noah Jefferson has done all of that this spring, and the extra work appears to paying off.

The 6-foot-5, 271-pound lineman who doubles as a tight end for a Las Vegas-based 7-on-7 team last week landed a scholarship offer from USC, which he visited a few weeks ago for the spring game.

“The USC offer makes me a visual target and hopefully I’m not overlooked again,” Jefferson said. “This next school year I plan on doing big things and making a lot of people proud. I'm demanding the spotlight I deserve while still keeping my head straight. Hopefully this all adds up for my recruitment. I can't wait to start my college football career.”

Jefferson thought about giving the Trojans an early pledge, but he said he is in no rush to make a decision. His only other offer is from San Diego State, though schools such as Arizona State and Colorado, among others, are recruiting him heavily. The dynamic athlete intends to take an unofficial visit to UCLA in July.

“I was extremely excited and relieved at the same time when USC offered,” Jefferson said. “I spoke with coach Steve Sarkisian, and he told me I'm a really good athlete and that I should be a Trojan.

“This is very significant because it shows their interest in me. I feel honored to be offered by them. I plan on announcing my commitment in late September.”