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Big-bodied Georgia lineman previews first Clemson visit

Covington (Ga.) Newton defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies will visit Clemson again on Saturday, a week after attending the Tigers’ junior day and receiving an offer from them.

This time, he will be accompanied by fellow defensive tackle and Covington native Lamarius Benson, who spoke with The Clemson Insider ahead of the trip.

“I’m very excited,” Benson said. “It’s going to be my first time. I’m looking forward to seeing how it is going to be up there and how things are working up there.”

Benson said he isn’t too familiar with Clemson, so he wants to learn more about the school and program.

“I don’t know that much about them,” he said, “but I like the way Clemson sends players out to the NFL.”

Benson, a mobile and big-bodied lineman at 6-foot-3, 305 pounds, acquired an offer from South Carolina during his junior day visit to the school on Feb. 25. Georgia Tech, Maryland, Troy and UCF have also offered the Eastside High product.

What does he have to offer as a college prospect?

“The way I move,” he said, “and I can get the hang of things.”

Benson will also visit North Carolina later this month before returning to South Carolina for its spring game on April 1. He’s ranked as the No. 65 defensive tackle in the 2018 class according to 247Sports.

Jefferies, meanwhile, has offers from Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame and Tennessee among others. He chatted with TCI after adding the offer from Clemson last weekend.

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