Class of 2018
Position: Defensive Tackle
Top offers: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia
Apparently Notre Dame isn’t done recruiting interior defensive linemen. Or at least those with the talent Jefferies brings to the table. Jefferies is a bull, capable of pushing offensive linemen around and collapsing the pocket. His reported bench of 330 pounds looks accurate on tape. There are also flashes of athleticism for a big body. Jefferies shows a quick first step and ability to get after the quarterback in a way many interior defensive linemen simply can’t. Frankly, Jefferies looks like a prototypical SEC defensive tackle in the making.
Georgia seems to lead, no surprise since he’s an in-state target and those don’t often get out of SEC country. Jefferies has recently visited Auburn and Alabama. Georgia Tech is in the mix. Oregon recently offered. Overall, Jefferies stays pretty mum on the recruiting front.
Mike Elston, Mike Elko
Four. That’s total defensive linemen, ideally. Notre Dame has a couple committed with Jayson and Justin Ademilola in the fold. Mostly the Irish have been pursuing edge pass rushers with new offers. Jefferies represents a departure from that overall plan. But it’s clear the combination of Mike Elston and Mike Elko see plenty to like even if it means potentially adding another interior defensive linemen to the mix. Could the Irish really go to five at this position?
Jayson Ademilola (committed), Justin Ademilola (committed), Aeneas Hawkins, P.J. Mustipher