Michigan was Jefferson's second most recent visit—he showed up for the Ohio State game on Nov. 21—and the returns were positive.
Jefferson wasn't fazed by the cold and said he liked the tradition imbued in The Game, and he was impressed when Michigan fans recognized him and chanted his name.
Michigan has only four scholarships to give and is awaiting very likely commitments from three players—Florida CB Tony Grimes, Florida DE Clarence Murphy, and Maryland LB Josh Furman—leaving Jefferson with the last possible spot.
With four defensive backs already in the class and the pending commitment of another, Jefferson would be loath not to notice the competition at the spot, particularly with the tentative word that All-Big Ten corner back Donovan Warren will be returning next year.
That said, anyone who watched Michigan play this year knows the defensive backfield is his for the taking, particularly at the safety position. The one advantage Michigan offers over all others is the opportunity for Jefferson to contribute almost immediately and not have to exercise a redshirt.
To add to this advantage, Jefferson has indicated that he will be graduating high school in December with the intention of enrolling early at the college of his choosing. This would give him a great opportunity to contribute early like Tate Forcier did in enrolling for the spring term last year.
Of Michigan, Jefferson said, "I've been watching their games, and I really like the way they've been playing defense. I know at Michigan I could get a really good education, and always be fighting to play in a bowl game; I like that."
ESPN has speculated he will choose the Wolverines, according to an article in the Detroit News. This oft-cited articlealso lists the Wolverines among Jefferson's top three.
I, for one, don't buy it. I caught Scout's insider article in between plane trips, and in its first manifestation, Michigan was not mentioned on the list, leading me to believe they're an afterthought in Jefferson's mind. They're clearly the biggest flier of the three.
Add to that how Jefferson has not displayed a particularly consistent position on Michigan; instead, he seems to favor the school of his most recent visit. Michigan will be at least two or three visits removed at the time of his selection.
I don't see how the Wolverines can compete against Oklahoma's upcoming in-house visit or the siren song of nearby USC. There's just too much ground to make up and not enough time.
Additionally, it is always difficult to tear California players away from the pleasant weather, and since Michigan is the lone Northern school on his list, the Wolverines are at a clear disadvantage.
It would be different if Big Blue were competing against Iowa, Ohio State, and Wisconsin for Jefferson, but he clearly favors warm weather as a function of his upbringing.
I'd say Michigan is out of the loop.