March 13, 2010

Terps, Orange have offered Keystone DE

Maryland and Syracuse have already offered defensive end Quinton Jefferson, and it may only be a matter of time until other schools do the same.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect from Pittsburgh (Pa.) Woodland Hills plays defensive end for his high school team and assumes that's where he will be asked to line up at in college.

Last fall he recorded 45 tackles and about five sacks, while batting down nine passes.

"Pitt is starting to talk to me more," he said, noting that he is very familiar with the Panthers. "They said they're thinking about offering. They just need to get me down to one of their practices so I can see things there a little bit more.

"I've been to a couple of their games and I went to a junior day.

"I'm pretty high on (Pitt) just because they're the hometown team and it's where I'm from, but I'm open to every school."

In addition to Pitt, Maryland and Syracuse, Jefferson has received plenty of mail and attention from Illinois, Purdue, Michigan State and West Virginia. Those schools have received his film and told him he will be evaluating it.

Jefferson will be visiting Maryland on March 27. He had planned on visiting Syracuse not too long ago but winter weather prevented him from making that trip.

"I don't really have any favorites," he noted. "I'm open to all schools right now."

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