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Fast-rising Georgia DL talks Junior Day visit, Clemson offer

Covington (Ga.) Newton 2018 defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies visited Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Auburn and Alabama last month. He already held an offer from Georgia Tech, and the rest offered during his visits.

On Saturday, Jefferies made his first trip to Clemson for its Junior Day, and the Tigers continued the trend by extending an offer to him as well.

“It felt great,” Jefferies told The Clemson Insider. “All the coaches were glad to see me, and were very nice. I met with coach (Dabo) Swinney and he was very complimentary about me and my game. Coach (Todd) Bates and coach (Brent) Venables were also great.

“They offered me a full scholarship and the full offer to play for them. They said they love my game, I was mature with my hands and had great strength and maturity.”

In addition to the aforementioned schools, Jefferies added offers from West Virginia, Louisville, Oregon, Notre Dame and Miami in February to go with others from Colorado State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

What stands out to him about Clemson?

“It’s a great school with a great football program,” he said. “Dedicated to being excellent on all levels.”

The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder had a great overall experience on his visit and especially enjoyed a couple parts of it.

“It was my first time there, so I was glad to see a live practice,” Jefferies said. “That was great and the new weight room was great.”

Jefferies said he doesn’t have any leaders right now and doesn’t plan to decide on a school until early next year. But the Tigers made a good impression on him.

“I don’t have any favorites just yet,” he said. “But I do like Clemson and what it stands for as a whole.”

Jefferies plans to visit LSU, Miami, Oregon and Louisville next month.

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