Darnell Jefferies (© Michael Clark/Scout)

25th-ranked DT Darnell Jefferies holds ACC, Big Ten and SEC offers

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. -- Four-star Covington (Ga.) Newton defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies was one of the top prospects at the Under Armour All-American Camp Atlanta and spoke with Scout about his recruitment

Darnell Jefferies' scholarship total has grown to over 20.

Despite all the interest, he is not ready to name any favorites.

"I'm taking my time with the process and focused on becoming a better player," said the 6-foot-4, 270-pound Jefferies. "All the schools are recruiting me very hard and are still even."


His most recent visit was Georgia a few weeks ago.

"The practice really stood out to me," Jefferies said. "It was very intense and my favorite part of the trip. Both the offense and defense had a lot of enthusiasm. I'm going back sometime in the next few weeks.

"I have great relationships with the coaches and players. I spent the most time with new defensive line coach Tray Scott. We're already building a good relationship. He has a lot of energy and I like the way he coaches.

"I also sat down and talked with coach (Kirby) Smart one-on-one and that was great. He told me to just stay focused and keep doing what I'm doing."

He will visit Mississippi State in the near future.

"It will be my first time there, so it's a pretty big visit, and I want to see everything," Jefferies said. "I'm looking forward to seeing the stadium, football facilities, campus and academic center.

"I'm also excited to watch them practice. I want to see how their coaches do things.  I also want to see how they use their defensive linemen and how I'd fit into their scheme.

"Hopefully, I'll also be able to sit down and speak with coach (Dan) Mullen. I'd like to talk to him about the schemes they run and how he could make me a better player."

Besides Georgia and Mississippi State, Jefferies plans to visit FloridaFlorida StateLSU and Tennessee this spring.

Jefferies hopes to narrow his list of schools to ten before the start of his season.

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