Covington (Ga.) Newton defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies fell in love with Clemson the first time he stepped foot on its campus back in March.
“The first time when I went, it was different,” Jefferies told The Clemson Insider. “It felt different than all the other colleges, and I just felt like it was home to me.”
Jefferies’ father remembers watching his son try on a Clemson uniform during the visit. He knew then and there that Jefferies and Clemson would be a perfect fit.
“He fell in love from day one,” Jefferies’ father told TCI. “He tried that uniform on, and it was like it was tailor-made for him. He said, ‘Mom and Dad, I think this is it.’”
Jefferies committed to Clemson three months later in June. On Wednesday, he sealed the deal when he signed his national letter of intent.
“I’m very excited to sign on the dotted line and become a Tiger and be All In in everything that I can do for the team,” Jefferies said.
Jefferies said his relationship with Clemson’s coaching staff set the Tigers apart in his recruitment.
“They come to me not as like a coach-coach, but like a father-coach and as a friend,” he said.
Jefferies will be an early enrollee and arrive on campus next month.