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Top 2018 target nearing decision, hearing from Clemson commits

Clemson priority defensive line target Darnell Jefferies is drawing closer to a commitment decision.

“It will be about mid-summer,” Jefferies told The Clemson Insider.

Before he announces his college choice, Jefferies will make a few more visits. The four-star defensive tackle from Newton High in Covington, Ga., is scheduled to visit LSU on Thursday and Alabama on Sunday.

He also plans to see Clemson again for the fifth time since the beginning of March.

“I will be in Clemson sometime in June,” Jefferies said. “Hoping to continue to get a closer look at all the school has to offer.”

Jefferies (6-3, 275) released his top 10 schools earlier this month, naming Clemson on the list along with Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and South Carolina.

Jefferies said Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and LSU are recruiting him the hardest, though he is taking a close look at all of his options.

“All the schools in my top 10 are still under major consideration,” he said.

Clemson offered Jefferies during his first visit to the school for junior day on March 4. He returned to Tiger Town on three occasions over the next five weeks, most recently for the Orange & White spring game in April.

Jefferies continues to communicate regularly with Clemson coaches.

“I hear a lot from the Tigers,” he said. “The fans can rest assured that the coaches do everything possible to let me know I’m wanted and appreciated.”

A couple of Clemson’s 2018 commitments are making their pitch for the Tigers, as well.

Jefferies hears often from Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett four-star defensive end Justin Mascoll and Cartersville (Ga.) five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

“Justin daily and Trevor weekly,” Jefferies said. “They love Clemson and that love runs deep. They not only let me know that, but they also let me know what my joining them would mean to them and the team.”

Jefferies, the nation’s No. 27 defensive tackle according to ESPN, most recently visited Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and Georgia in April.

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