In what was considered only a matter of time, instate powers Louisville and Kentucky have officially pulled the trigger on a scholarship offer to Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier offensive lineman Justin Jeffries.
The University of Louisville was first on Monday. "I called the U of L coaches a couple nights ago and they offered me," Jeffries told Scout.com, Monday. "They said that they had just watched some of my video and that they liked it. I was pretty excited about it."
At 6-foot-5, 295 pounds, Jeffries has always been considered one of the top rising offensive linemen in the state, his footwork has been his greatest downfall. "I am a tall guy and it's harder for me to get low."
An All-City and All-State honors following his junior season, Jeffries told Scout.com earlier in the year that it wouldn't matter who offered first. "I don't think it will matter which team offers first," he said. "I am not going to overreact to that."
Staff Offers Ga. OL
John George, a 6-foot-4, 280 pound offensive line prospect from Temple (Ga.) High School in West Georgia, has picked up an offer from Kentucky.
In addition to the Wildcats, Memphis and EKU have also extended a scholarship. While his team has gotten off to a slow start by playing two teams several notches ahead of them in classification, George has been solid thus far.
According to Scott Kennedy from Scout.com, with a big senior campaign, more offers could be on the horizon.
Joker Phillips and the Wildcats have also offered offensive linemen Steven Singleton, a 6-foot-3, 285 pounder from Buford (Ga.) and are Matt Long, a 6-foot-3, 275 pounder from Brookwood HS in Snellville (Ga.).
Fort Campbell ATH Hearing From Cats
Fort Campbell (Ky.) HS is home to as many as three prospects this season. The less heralded of the group is Orlando Misaalefua, a 6-foot-1, 200 pound linebacker/safety considered one of the bigger sleepers in the Midwest.
"Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ball State have offered me," Misaalefua said, "Kentucky, Western (Kentucky), Clemson and Bowling Green have been in contact. I'm planning on visiting Ball State soon and I'd like to go to a couple games at UK when I get a chance with some of my teammates."
Misaalefua, who collected more than 150 tackles as a junior, knows what he's looking for in his college destination; "I'm looking for a school with a great coaching staff and has good facilities and a decent academic program. Basically, a good school."
No matter where Misaalefua plays in college, he'll be successful because of his tenacious energy on the field. "My engine never stops. I love to hit people. I challenge myself against the best competition to better myself against other players. I'm constantly trying to improve myself as a player."