Covington (Ga.) Newton four-star defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies visited Clemson three times last month, and he will be back on campus yet again this week.
The Clemson Insider recently spoke with Jefferies, who said he will attend the Tigers’ annual Orange and White spring game on Saturday, April 8.
Jefferies made his first trip to Clemson on March 4 for junior day, when he received an offer from the Tigers. He returned a week later with a group of prospects from the Peach State that he trains with. He then visited Clemson four days later with his parents.
“I enjoyed the coaches,” Jefferies said of the trio of visits. “A great family feel with the coaches and just having a great relationship with the coaches and the football players.”
Jefferies’ visits have afforded him ample time to begin developing a relationship with defensive line coach Todd Bates.
“He’s very humble,” Jefferies said. “He’s always a positive guy. He’s never down and he always keeps the defense going.”
Jefferies has seen his recruitment pick up very quickly this year as he has amassed offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State among a host of others since the beginning of January.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder who now holds over 20 offers said he doesn’t have a timeframe “at the moment” for when he will narrow his recruitment or commit.
“Right now everybody’s pretty equal,” Jefferies said. “I’m just trying to keep my head focused on my football career.”
A trip to Mississippi State this week is the lone other visit on the docket for Jefferies right now. He has also visited Georgia and Georgia Tech a couple of times each this year, as well as made trips to Alabama, Auburn and South Carolina.
Jefferies named a few factors he will consider heavily when making a decision.
“Family, great relationship with the coaches,” he said, “and just the opportunity for me to play.”