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Crest High School in Shelby, N.C. is home to one of the most sought after offensive lineman in the country. Brandon Jefferies opened many eyes last season as he recorded 52 pancake blocks and had an average grade of 92%.

Name: Brandon Jefferies
Position: Left Guard
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 270 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds
Bench Press: 390 pounds
School: Crest High, Shelby, North Carolina
Offers: A little over 50, including Penn State

A 92% average grade means that Brandon won 92% of his battles with the opposing defender last season.  Brandon has 22 pancake blocks in 5 games already this season, helping Crest High to a 5-0 record.

"We lost in the second round of the playoffs last year to Anson County, but we were undefeated until then," the star lineman said.  "We played them for our first game of the season and we beat them 56-13."

Brandon has worked hard to improve himself by eliminating bad habits, and it seems to be paying off.

"Sometimes, I used to get my hands outside of the frame of the body, but I keep them inside now."

Brandon has received a ton of scholarship offers, but maintains that he is very open-minded at this point.  However, he did admit to equally favoring Tennessee, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and South Carolina to some degree.

Brandon is good friends with Crest High alumni Shamar Finney, a senior LB at Penn State and Josh Malloy, an offensive lineman who signed with South Carolina in February.  He maintains that these relationships will not play a major role in his decision making.

"He [Josh Malloy] came home a couple of weeks ago to watch us play.  He said they [South Carolina] really want me to come down there."

He has not been in touch with Shamar for a while and has not yet been to Penn State.  Penn State is certainly in need of offensive lineman, but Brandon is taking a wait-and-see approach to the Nittany Lions.  He would prefer to play for a winning team.

"They are struggling now, so I'm going to just have to watch and see what happens.  I've been watching them.  I watched the game Saturday, the Michigan game.  I also saw the Miami game, but you can't really tell from the Miami game because Miami is better than everybody.  They're probably in my top 10 still.  I know they've had a tradition of winning,  I like to win and that's what they're used to doing."

Brandon is not limiting his options to schools with winning records.

"I'd be looking for somewhere where I can come in and play and make some kind of difference, if it wasn't a winning team."

Brandon attended a one-day camp at Tennessee in June. He did not attend any other summer camps even though he was invited to several.  He's going to wait until after his season to take his official visits.  Unofficially, he's recently visited Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and Wake Forest.

Brandon is in no hurry to make a decision, and will consider things other than a school's football program. He is a terrific student and plans to study to become an architect.

Bill Kenney is recruiting Brandon for Penn State.

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