Is VT in the Race for Jeffery?

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Safe to say, Columbia High School’s Damario Jeffery has had an interesting recruitment so far. The 6-3, 211-pound South Carolina standout committed to Clemson last month, but reneged just a day or two later. He has listed several favorites in the past months, including Clemson, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. For now, though, the talented safety prospect is hoping to wait quite a while before making a final decision.

“I really don’t know when I will commit,” said Jeffery, who admits that he is very much enjoying the recruiting process. “I want to hold out until Signing Day to keep everyone on the edge.”

Jeffery said he doesn’t have a favorite school right now, but he does have a favorite conference.

“I can say I favor the SEC,” Jeffery said. “That is just the top conference. A lot of dominant players come from that conference.”

The only SEC program Jeffery has visited so far is South Carolina, but he plans to visit Alabama for a junior day this Saturday and he plans on visiting Auburn soon. While he favors the Southeastern Conference, he is considering schools in other conferences and specifically mentioned Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.

Jeffery has visited Blacksburg on three separate occasions including one of last summer’s camps. He discussed the experiences.

“I liked Virginia Tech,” said Jeffery, who may visit Blacksburg again in the spring or summer. “I liked the town. I was there for two days for the camp. I went up again because my academic coach knows one of the coaches there. I also went there just to see the campus one time. I love the campus, but I haven’t seen a lot of the environment around the campus. At Clemson, I looked around a lot and saw everything. I didn’t do that at Virginia Tech.”

In his junior season, Jeffery made 102 tackles and had four interceptions. He had a big-time season after missing his entire sophomore year due to a knee injury. He plays safety for head coach Kemper Amick and hopes to play safety on the next level, but realizes that linebacker could be his future.

“I know my size could eventually haunt me,” Jeffery said. “I want to go to a school that will give me a chance to play safety. I’m a pretty agile, fast guy. And I want to go to a school that has a good defense.”

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