Recruiting Central: Chester's Jefferson eyeing Temple

Chester High Rondae Jefferson , a 6-7 swingman, is rated the 19th-best college prospect by Rivals.com.
Chester High Rondae Jefferson , a 6-7 swingman, is rated the 19th-best college prospect by Rivals.com. (RON TARVER / Staff Photographer)
Posted: February 17, 2012

Rondae Jefferson might become a Temple Owl.

And the Chester High junior basketball player said it isn't just because his brother, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, is the Owls' starting power forward.

"It has a little to do with how they treat him," Jefferson said. "But I really like Temple."

And that's great news for the Owls.

The 6-foot-7 guard/forward is regarded as the nation's 19th-best college prospect in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals.com recruiting website. He's also listed as one of top recruits in his class by Scout.com (22d) and ESPNU (38th).

"I think the staff here is great," Jefferson said of Temple. "I talk to a lot of the coaches every time I'm here. And everything I hear them say, it feels good."

In addition to the Owls, the 17-year-old also has scholarship offers from Villanova, St. Joseph's, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Seton Hall, among others.

Jefferson said he isn't leaning toward one particular school. Nor has he narrowed his list to five schools.

Temple fans can only hope he, ultimately, decides to follow Hollis-Jefferson to North Broad Street.

Pursuing Welton

Math, Civics & Sciences junior Quadir Welton is leaning toward accepting a scholarship from St. Peter's.

The 6-7 power forward took an unofficial visit to the Peacocks' Jersey City campus last weekend and left with a scholarship offer. So far, St. Peter's, a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, is the only school to make an offer.

While he enjoyed his visit, Welton isn't ready to commit. He hopes to receive more recruiting interest this summer.

However, he did say the Peacocks offer everything he's looking for.

"I like their facilities and their style of play," Welton said. "They told me if I come there I can bring stuff to the table that they like such as rebounding and an inside presence."

He said he was also told that he would play as a freshman.

"And what I'm looking for is to get time as a freshman and do everything else they said," Welton said.

The Austin affect

MCS coach Danny Jackson believes Brandon Austin's oral commitment to Penn State has changed local prospects' perception of the Nittany Lions.

Austin, an Imhotep Charter junior guard, announced on Feb. 9 that he accepted Penn State's scholarship offer.

He became the third area athlete Penn State coach Pat Chambers has lured to State College since being hired in June.

D.J. Newbill, a product of Strawberry Mansion, transferred from Southern Mississippi to Penn State in August. Newbill is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. He will be a redshirt sophomore next season.

Tabernacle resident Brandon Taylor gave an oral commitment to the Nittany Lions in September. The senior forward plays at Trenton Catholic.

"I mean [Chambers] got Brandon Austin," Jackson said. "Now, kids are like, 'He got Brandon Austin.' And kids respect Brandon's game."


 Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 215-854-2939 or kpompey@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/pompeysgridlock, and read his blog at www.philly.com/OwlsInq

 

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