Friday night Darnell was in Atlanta for the annual Georgia Tech spring game. He followed up that visit with a trip to Athens for the Georgia spring game Saturday afternoon. “Both were great visits. I had a great time at both games."
Jefferies described the Tech spring game as being different from the other spring games. “I loved the way the two squads really went after one another. You could tell they are well coached.”
While on the visit, Darnell met with three of the Tech coaches. Darnell talked with position coach Mike Pelton, recruiting coach Joe Speed, and head Coach Paul Johnson. All three thanked Darnell for coming to the scrimmage and said they would love to have him as a commit in the 2018 class. “Coach Johnson said Georgia Tech is a special place and I would be a great addition to the team. Coach Pelton talked about coaching me on the defensive line and he and Coach Speed both said that they would coming over to my spring practice this coming week.” Both coaches hope to get a chance to talk some more with Darnell.
His visit to the Georgia spring game was described by Darnell as different because it was a day game. “It just seemed to be different, not necessarily better but different.” Darnell visited some of the facilities and talked with Coach Kirby Smart. Darnell also sat in on the team meeting before the game. “College meetings are way different than high school meetings. They are more intense and more uplifting."
The visits to the in-state schools didn’t change Darnell’s perception of where the schools rank on his list of offers. “At this time, all of the schools are about even." Darnell plans to get together with his parents to begin the process of trimming schools from his long list of offers. Look for that list to be made public during or right after his spring practices.
The time frame for making his college decision remains the same for Jefferies. "It will be some time before I go back to school for my senior year.."