Standing at 6-4, 211 lbs. Columbia, SC Damario Jeffrey definitely looks the part of a linebacker standing out on the high school gridiron. However, most schools, including Michigan, believe his future lies in the defensive backfield as a head-hunting safety.
“I think they’re recruiting me as a strong safety,” Jeffrey said of Michigan. “I prefer to play safety because of the range that you get from playing so far back… I also like to lay big hits.”
In regards to his strengths in the defensive backfield safety Jeffrey claims, “I’m a big strong safety, so when I hit people it really hurts (laughing). I’m a very smart player that can dissect plays quickly. I love to study film and I’ve got very good hips. I’m a fairly fast player but I use my quick thinking to my advantage so I look a lot faster than I really am. I’ve run a 4.49 40 so you can imagine how fast I look sometimes. I’m just working and trying to improve my aggressiveness. Sometimes I get caught trying to make the big plays and I need to stop doing that.”
Obviously Michigan isn’t the only school to have taken notice of Jeffrey’s rare blend of size and speed, as evidenced by his growing list of offers.
“I have about 25 offers including USC, Southern Cal, Michigan, OU, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, UNC, Virginia Tech, Marshall, Maryland, Duke, Tennessee, Illinois, Michigan State and I can’t remember the rest," Jeffrey reported. "My latest offer was from Southern Cal. So far, Bama, USC, and Auburn are coming after me the hardest.”
With offers still coming in, the once-committed Clemson Tiger hasn’t decided to narrow his list down too much yet.
Stated Jeffrey, “I’m pretty wide open right now. I’m just looking for a place I can call home. I want a good academic facility as well as a good recruiting class to come in with me. I want to be around a good coaching staff and a good defensive coordinator, etc. Distance is not a problem for me.”
With Jeffrey still needing to visit more schools before he can start narrowing down his list, is a visit to Ann Arbor in store?
“I haven’t planned to visit yet but I should use one of my official visits to visit Michigan.”