Newton (GA) defensive lineman Darnell Jefferies has become a top target for multiple programs across the south. After an impressive junior season, Jefferies made himself known at Rising Seniors, and has been picking up offers ever since. He looked great at the Atlanta Opening on Sunday, and has become a priority target for the in state Georgia Bulldogs.
“I’ve visited Georgia, South Carolina, and Clemson, and Georgia Tech so far in 2017.” Jefferies said. “It’s a great opportunity at South Carolina. I like how their players on defense get after it every day. I’ve been over there twice.”
A team that has sky rocketed on Jefferies list as of late has been Clemson. The Tigers have always recruited the peach state well, with South Gwinnett (GA) defensive end Justin Mascoll already committed.
“I’ve been to Clemson three times.” Jefferies said. “I have a great relationship with the coaches. They keep up with me every day and tell me to keep my head on straight. I’m closest with Coach Todd Bates and Brent Venables. They tell me to stay humble, go to as many camps as I can, and to continue to get better.”
The Georgia Bulldogs are also coming hard after the state’s second-ranked defensive tackle.
“I’ve been to Georgia three times in 2017, and about 15-20 times in my life.” Jefferies said. “They are a team that gets after it every day to get better. They were a team I watched growing up. I visited yesterday and the practice was very intense. They got after it. I was able to sit in on the defensive line meeting and spoke with coach Smart individually. He told me how I was a great student athlete and that grades come first before football. He’s a good guy he’s all business at first but he also likes to joke around.”
Jefferies was able to meet with new defensive line coach Tray Scott, and he’s hoping to start building a strong relationship with him.
“Tray Scott is very much energized.” Jefferies said. “He’s always bringing the team alive and brings a ton of energy. He showed me a ton of love on the visit.”
The 6-foot-3 274-pound Jefferies admits he does not have a leader or a top group at this moment, but would like to commit before his senior season. He plans to attend two more camps this offseason and attend multiple spring games in April.