OU signee Tony Jefferson excelled on both sides of the ball

BY JAKE TROTTER, Staff Writer, jtrotter@opubco.com Published: February 3, 2010

On one of his online highlight reels, Tony Jefferson takes a pitch sweep, bounds down the sideline before leaping over the only defender with a chance of preventing a touchdown.

The title of the YouTube video?

"Tony Jefferson doing what he does."

The 6-foot, 210-pound Jefferson did a little bit of everything at Eastlake High School in Chula Vista, Calif., on his way to becoming the No. 21 overall recruit in the country according to ESPNU.

Last season, Jefferson averaged 8.95 yards per carry, while amassing 1,995 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns.

He was just as good on the other side of the ball, totaling 51 tackles and two interceptions from the safety position.

"He's the best football player I've ever coached," said Eastlake coach John McFadden. "He's really incredible."

Despite being a two-way star in high school, Jefferson was recruited by OU to play safety, though could eventually become an outside linebacker in the mold of past and present Sooners Nic Harris, Keenan Clayton and Joseph Ibiloye.

Said McFadden: "He's good enough that with the right kind of coaching he could play just about anything."