COMBINE: 4-Star LB Talks Top Schools

CHARLOTTE - One of the most impressive athletes at the Carolina Panthers' Practice Facility for the Scout.com/Under-Armour Combine Saturday was this four-star linebacker from Columbia. CUTigers.com caught up with the talented defender afterwards to get his thoughts on his trip and also on recruiting.

S Damario Jeffrey Profile

Columbia High's Damario Jeffrey is widely viewed as one of the top five prospects in the state for the class of 2009.

However based off seeing him person for the first time Saturday afternoon at the Scout.com/Under-Armour Combine in Charlotte, he very well could be No. 1.

Checking at a very impressive 6-feet-4 inches tall, Jeffrey was easy to spot among the 160+ players on hand, especially when he ran a blistering fast 4.63 in the 40-yard dash, again on what was considered a slow track.

Listed as an outside linebacker prospect by Scout.com, Jeffrey participated with linebackers and excelled every step of the way, showing outstanding quickness, good lateral movement and good instincts in coverat situations.

While he prefers to play safety, Scout.com has him listed as the No. 7 weakside linebacker in the country and he's likely bound for the position at the next level.

CUTigers.com caught up with him after the combine concluded to get his thoughts on a number of topics, including recruiting and much more.

A transcript of the interview is posted below, or you can watch it on video by clicking the link to the right.

1-ON-1 INTERVIEW:
What did you think about the Scout.com/Under-Armour Combine today?
Jeffrey: I enjoyed all of the competition that was out here. I loved how the safeties were getting all crunk and loud, but too bad I couldn't warm up with them. I warmed up with the linebackers. Today was very good overall.

Which position do actually you prefer, safety or linebacker?
Jeffrey: I prefer safety.

In terms of recruiting, who are your leaders right now?
Jeffrey: I can't really say I have a leader because I haven't visited enough colleges so I will have to keep that to myself.

Which schools would you say are recruiting you the hardest right now?
Jeffrey: Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina are recruiting me the hardest. I hear from Auburn every now and then, but those are the schools that are recruiting me the hardest. I am looking at those schools very hard right now.

Is Clemson still after you pretty hard after backing off an early commitment?
Jeffrey: Yes sir.

How is your relationship with coach Rumph?
Jeffrey: My relationship with Rumph is very good because he knows a lot of people around me so it always gets back to me that Rumph said this about me and Rumph said good things about me. He is a nice guy. I like him.

Some recent comments have you favoring SEC schools more than others. Does that mean Clemson is at a disadvantage?
Jeffery: Right now I am looking at every school. I want to see what school best fits me. I want to feel like I am home wherever I go.

What is going to be most important when you select your school?
Jeffery: I want to look at a good coaching staff with a good recruiting class. I want to play with great players. I want to look at the depth chart to see how quick I can get on the field. I will look at the academic centers and things like that.

What is your verbal commitment timing?
Jeffery: I don't really have one. As soon as I make all of my official visits I will be committing.



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