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Fast-rising DT slated for third visit this month

Four-star defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies returned to Clemson on Saturday, a week after attending Clemson’s junior day on March 4 and picking up an offer from the Tigers.

“It was a good time,” Jefferies told The Clemson Insider.

The talent from Covington, Ga., is slated to be back on campus Wednesday for a third visit in less than two weeks. He’ll be accompanied by his parents.

“I plan to spend the entire day at Clemson,” he said.

Jefferies has seen his stock rise rapidly in recent weeks as he’s added offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina and West Virginia since the end of January. He has other offers from Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder maintains no leaders and said he doesn’t anticipate making a decision until early 2018.

He told TCI last month that he likes Clemson and what it has to offer.

“I think Clemson is a wonderful school with a great football program,” he said. “The coaches and players are first-class and academically it’s also second to none.”

Scout rates Jefferies as a four-star prospect, while he is ranked as the No. 35 defensive tackle nationally by 247Sports and the No. 45 tackle by Rivals.

In addition to the Clemson visits, he has visited Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Auburn and Alabama this year.

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