The Bulldogs hosted some top prospects this weekend for their annual spring game, and not many are bigger than Newton (GA) defensive lineman Darnell Jefferies. The rising senior has seen his recruitment take off the past few months, and multiple schools have made him a priority. Jefferies has been to Athens multiple times before, and this past visit was no different.
“This weekend was just about getting a taste of the UGA football experience.” Jefferies said. “I spent some time with head coach Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator Mel Tucker, and new defensive line coach Tray Scott and we had a good time. They were glad I was there and I was glad to be there. There’s nothing like a football Saturday in Athens!”
Jefferies is one of Georgia’s top targets on the defensive line, which is a position of need for the Bulldogs. The staff has made it clear he is wanted in Athens, and they have continued to build a relationship with one of the south’s top lineman.
“They (staff) are all different but cool. Each of them let me know that they are there to help me and make my life-long dream of being a Bulldog something they can help with.”
South Carolina and Clemson have also made Jefferies a priority as of late, and both are high on his list as of now. He has visited both schools recently, taking multiple trips to Clemson this spring. Every visit from here on is important, and Jefferies’ family will help him make the decision.
“My parents, my girlfriend, and her parents were with me on the visit.” Jefferies said. “They have all gone down multiple times now and each time they have been pleased.”
The 6-foot-4 270-pound Jefferies has no decision date yet, and will likely take more visits to Georgia, Clemson, and others this summer.