Clemson lands commitment from elite DL

Covington (Ga.) Newton four-star defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies announced via social media on Monday that he has committed to Clemson.

Jefferies, one of the most sought-after defensive linemen in the Southeast, chose the Tigers over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and South Carolina among others.

“I am excited and relieved to announce that I am fully committed to Clemson University,” Jefferies wrote in a Twitter post.

Clemson offered Jefferies on March 4 during his first visit to the school for its junior day. He returned to Clemson on three more occasions in the next five weeks, most recently attending the Orange & White spring game on April 8.

He told TCI recently that he was hearing regularly from Clemson commits and fellow Georgia products Justin Mascoll and 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 becomes the 10th commitment in the Tigers’ 2018 recruiting class. Along with Mascoll and Lawrence, he joins Richburg (S.C.) Lewisville defensive tackle Josh Belk, Seneca (S.C.) tight end Braden Galloway, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy linebacker Mike Jones, Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe wide receiver Derion Kendrick, Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe kicker B.T. Potter, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy defensive end Xavier Thomas and Central (S.C.) Daniel linebacker Jake Venables.

Jefferies will be at Clemson for the full three-day, second session of the Dabo Swinney Camp this week.


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