When you first look at Newton (GA) defensive lineman Darnell Jefferies, it’s hard to comprehend that he’s a 17 year old high school junior and not a 30-year old adult. He certainly looks the part physically, and at 6-foot-4 270-pounds, he has the size and versatility to play all over the defensive line. Jefferies has pickup up multiple offers this month after impressing at the Rising Seniors game last December. He has been on Georgia’s radar for a while now, and Jefferies earned an offer from the Bulldogs this past weekend while on his visit.
“The Georgia offer meant a lot.” Jefferies said. “It always feels good to have countless hours of work and dedication recognized! The coaches were just very complimentary and let me know they really want me. We talked some about positions and they love my work ethic. Right now I’m just so grateful for the University of such caliber to want me. They invited me to visit again soon so I will in the near future!”
Jeffries’ former teammate at Newton is current Georgia Bulldog signee Jeremiah Holloman. The two know each other well, and have been playing together since they were 10 years old.
The Newton coaches also have big expectations for Jefferies, and think he’s one of the best linemen in the country.
“Darnell Jefferies is a freakishly great athlete.” Coach Skelton said. “He uses his hands great, explodes off the ball well, and has great footwork. He has outstanding work ethic and he plays every position on the DL. In my eyes he’s the #1 DL in the country. I see him playing DE at the next level as he sets the edge well and also can be a great pass rusher. He is the best DL in the south because of his strength and speed. He is a technician and a freakish athlete.”
Other schools like Florida State and Clemson have been turning up the heat on Jefferies recently, so a few more offers in the next week or so would not be surprising. Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest have also offered the four-star prospect. The Bulldogs did not load up on defensive lineman in the 2017 class, so look for them to possibly make Jefferies a priority in the 2018 class.