Jefferies Says Yes to Fresno After Visit

Alex Jefferies

Rialto (Calif.) Eisenhower wide receiver Alex Jefferies picked up an offer from Fresno State about two months ago. It was his fourth offer however; the Bulldogs had been recruiting him since the spring of 2008. He took his official visit to Fresno this past weekend, and after thinking it over for a day, he committed to the ‘Dogs on Monday morning…

Alex Jefferies (6-0, 171) can play receiver or safety. The two-time all-Citrus Belt League standout runs a 4.5 forty, benches 275, and squats 405. Fresno State has been targeting bigger receivers who can stretch the field, and the Bulldog coaching staff believes – as does Jefferies – he can fill the void.

Utah and UTEP are also recruiting Jefferies as a receiver, both have offered. Big XII member Nebraska offered him as a safety as well. He was scheduled to visit Utah this week, and Nebraska and Colorado State in January, but he has canceled those visits since committing to Fresno State this week.

"I called [the Fresno State coaches] Monday morning," Jefferies said of his commitment to the ‘Dogs.

He took his official visit over the weekend, but he was not quite ready to pull the trigger while in Fresno. "I had to talk it over with my dad and sister. They are happy I am staying close to home."

"I didn't want to go to far [from home]. I based my decision off distance, team chemistry, and who showed more interest."

Fresno State met his criteria. And the fact the ‘Dogs wanted him as a receiver played a part too.

"It really wouldn't have mattered if I played receiver or safety [in college]," said Jefferies. "But I felt receiver is where I could contribute best."

Fresno State is his only official visit. Furthermore, it was Jefferies first trip to Fresno. "It's a bigger city than I'm used to," he said. Bulldog wide receiver Jamel Hamler was his host on his visit.

"He kept me around the wide receivers," said Jefferies. "They welcomed me as one of their own. [The trip] was fun. They made it fun. [They said] even if I didn't go to Fresno State, I could call them and ask them anything."

""The whole morale [of the team], everything about the city, it was good. I like it."

Fresno State assistant coaches Tim Skipper and Derek Frazier made an in-home visit on Tuesday night minutes before we caught up with Jefferies. He says their visit went well.

Jefferies reports a 2.58 GPA. He scored an 1120 on the SAT, and he is awaiting the score on the ACT.


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