Darnell Jefferies, New­ton High School

The Covington News - - SPORTS -

6-foot-4, 280 pound ju­nior de­fen­sive line­man, 3-Star Prospect, ac­cord­ing to 247sports.com

Jefferies trans­ferred back to his na­tive New­ton County to be­cause he wanted to play in his Cov­ing­ton stomp­ing grounds once again, and the New­ton Rams ben­e­fited from it. Shortly af­ter Jefferies wrapped up his ju­nior cam­paign – one which saw his New­ton Rams fin­ish 6-5-1 with a first round state play­off loss to Mill Creek – the of­fers started com­ing fast and fu­ri­ously.

Ge­or­gia Tech, UGA and Ten­nessee were among some of the first to of­fer. Jefferies is now up to 17 of­fers from the likes of Clem­son, LSU – which just came on Fri­day – Miami, Alabama and Auburn. 247sports. com says that Ge­or­gia is the early fa­vorite, but the last time we talked with Jefferies per­son­ally, he ex­pressed that he was look­ing for­ward to tak­ing his time and en­joy­ing the process with­out press­ing to make a fast de­ci­sion. Jefferies took an un­of­fi­cial visit to 2016-17 Na­tional Cham­pion Clem­son this week­end.

It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how Jefferies’ game steps to the next level as a se­nior on that New­ton de­fense as he’ll be seen as a ma­jor fo­cal point for op­pos­ing of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tors to scheme against.

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