One of the top prospects from the Peach State who has seen an increase in interest from major programs of late, including Clemson, will visit Tigertown for the first time next month.
After adding offers from Georgia, Louisville, South Carolina and West Virginia since the end of January, Covington (Ga.) Newton 2018 four-star defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies is set to attend Clemson’s Junior Day on March 4.
“Coach (Todd) Bates and coach (Brent) Venables invited me to Junior Day,” Jeffries told The Clemson Insider. “I am excited to meet everyone and see the facilities. I would like to also talk to the players and find out what the experience of playing in the big game was like.”
Jefferies, the 32nd-ranked defensive tackle in the country according to 247Sports, picked up the offers from Georgia and South Carolina during visits to the schools on Jan. 28 and Feb. 20, respectively.
Whether Clemson continues the trend remains to be seen, but Jefferies said the Tigers are among those he has heard a lot from recently.
“Georgia Tech is a constant from day one,” Jeffries said. “The Gamecocks and Clemson are both daily contact. All others are at least a few times a week.”
Jefferies holds other offers from Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
There is a lot he likes about Clemson.
“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.”
Jefferies drew a lot of attention for his standout performance at the Georgia Junior Bowl in December. Nicknamed “Big Baby”, the 6-foot-4, 275-pounder plays with power, good technique and has the versatility to line up inside or at defensive end.
He intends to make a lot of visits this spring and see what offers come his way before taking the next step in his recruiting process. Right now he doesn’t plan to decide on a school until next year.
So, he is wide open, and said he would love an offer from Clemson.
“It would be huge,” he said.
Jefferies also visited Georgia Tech and Auburn this month. He’s headed to Alabama this weekend before the Clemson visit next weekend.