What's Not To Like?
Demario Jeffrey
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Mar 24, 2008


"I went to the Alabama Junior Day and loved everything about them," Damario Jeffrey said. "The facilities, the academic center and they have Nick Saban as head coach. There's nothing not to like. Coach Saban is a hands-on coach and has NFL experience, plus he's also the secondary coach so he'd be working with me directly which would be great. I also heard about the 92,000 people that came to..."

Damario Jeffrey the 6-foot-3, 211-pound safety/linebacker from Columbia, S.C., finished his junior season with 109 tackles, five blocked punts, four sacks, four interceptions, four fumbles caused and one blocked punt. He also caught the ball 12 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Jeffrey also carried the ball 10 times for 120 yards and three touchdowns.

"I'm very flexible and can run with anybody," Jeffrey said. "I run a 4.5 forty and can play any position because of my size and speed. I played linebacker mostly in high school, but I'll be a safety in college.

"I have great hips and I'm just an old-fashioned go get it-type of football player," he said.

"I think the main thing I want to work on is being more aggressive on the field," Jeffrey admitted. "Other than that I work on my feet and movement everyday. I also lift and do a lot of speed drills."

He benches 275 pounds, squats 485 and has a 34-inch vertical jump.

Jeffrey, Scout.com's No. 4 weakside linebacker, has around 10 scholarship offers and says he favors Alabama slightly over South Carolina, North Carolina, Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee. All of his favorites have offered, except for Georgia. He says that the Crimson Tide and Gamecocks have a "solid" lead over the others.

"I went to the Alabama Junior Day and loved everything about them," he said. "The facilities, the academic center and they have Nick Saban as head coach. There's nothing not to like.

"Coach Saban is a hands-on coach and has NFL experience, plus he's also the secondary coach so he'd be working with me directly which would be great," he said. "I also heard about the 92,000 people that came to the spring game last year and I thought if they could get that many to come to a spring game, they'll definitely bring it during the season. I can't wait to see a game there."

Jeffrey also attended junior days at South Carolina, North Carolina and Clemson. "South Carolina is less than 10 minutes away and that's somewhat an issue," he admitted. "I really wanted to get out of state or at least away from home. South Carolina is pretty close, but I do like what they are doing there and that they are working hard on becoming an elite program in the SEC. Coach Steve Spurrier has gotten them better every year."

While Clemson is also in-state, the Tigers are about three hours away from Jeffrey's home. "The junior day at Clemson was awesome," he said. "They wowed me with a lot of things. They have two different locker rooms - one for practice and one for the actual games. Plus, the weight room there is real impressive too."

Jeffrey admits that he's always followed Georgia, but the Bulldogs haven't offered yet. "They are limited on scholarships, so they said they need to evaluate my film more," he said. "I think they already have a safety committed too.

"The thing I like about Georgia is their defense," he said. "They teach their players well and they get their defensive players to the next level."

Beside following Georgia, Jeffrey admits he's a huge SEC fan and wants to play for an SEC school. "I love the SEC," he said. "I've always wanted to go to an SEC school and those are really the main ones I'm looking at (except for Clemson and North Carolina). I love the competition in the SEC and how big-time all the programs are."

Not being in the SEC is one strike for North Carolina. The other major strike is that they don't have a winning record. "Everything is great about North Carolina," he said. "The only problem is that they don't win. I really want to go to a winning team.

"North Carolina does have a really nice campus though and it's very beautiful there," he said. "They have really good academics too and you know if you leave from there you'll have a good degree and education."

Another thing that Jeffrey is looking for in a program is a good coaching staff. "I really want a coach that will consistently push me to the limit," he said. "I need that sometimes.

"I also want to play for a team that is known for having a good defense and producing good players," he said. "I want to go in and play, so I'll also be looking at the depth chart too."

While Jeffrey says his top two right now are Alabama and South Carolina, he declines to name any time frame for making a decision. "If I can take all my visits early, then I'll commit early," he said. "But I think I'll probably be getting more offers, so I'll probably take my time and take my visits during the season. I don't think I'll be committing anywhere until near signing day next year."

Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Marshall, Michigan State, Auburn and Maryland have also all offered Jeffrey.

He says he's not sure if he's going to be attending any camps or combines during the spring and summer, and will likely attend summer school to help boost his GPA.

Jeffrey reports a 2.2 core GPA and is taking the ACT in April.



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