Damario Jeffery, the 6-foot-3, 211-pound safety/linebacker from Columbia, S.C., now says he has three leaders from among around 20 scholarship offers.
Scout.com's No. 7 weakside linebacker said he now favors South Carolina, Auburn and Alabama solidly over Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.
"I plan on making a checklist and I'll go through everything that I like," Jeffery said. "It'll include the coaches and the guys they are recruiting and stuff. I'm big on recruiting, so I want a program that puts together good recruiting classes. I want to have a chance to play for a national championship in college."
He says he'll definitely visit Alabama and Auburn officially, but not South Carolina since they are less than 10 miles from his home. "I really want to take my visits for big games," he said. "I want to see how the coaches are and what it's like during an important game."
Jeffrey has already attended a camp at South Carolina. "It was a real good camp," he said. "I played safety there and they were really impressed.
"They like that I can play multiple positions and that I'm a big guy that can move," he said. "I love (safeties) coach Ron Cooper (at South Carolina). He's put a lot of defensive backs in the league and I just like the defense he runs."
Jeffrey also attended the Auburn camp. "I really liked it there," he said. "It's a great area. I liked how all the coaches took time with the players and really took interest and were good teachers.
"I also like how they are upgrading things at Auburn," Jeffery said. "There's a lot of construction going on there, so things will be really nice when they're done."
The other schools that Jeffrey may visit officially are Oklahoma or Virginia Tech. "Oklahoma is one of the winningest schools in the past 10 years," he said. "I also really like coach Bob Stoops and that it's a football school.
"Virginia Tech is known for having great defense and they always produce good safeties," he said. "The only problem with Oklahoma and Virginia Tech is that they aren't in the SEC. The SEC is the best. No matter who you play, you gotta play your best."
One of those SEC schools that Jeffrey likes so much is Alabama. "They are one of the original powerhouses," he said. "The facilities are among the best I've seen. Plus, who wouldn't want to play for Nick Saban? He's a born winner. If they can come together as a team and play well for him, they can definitely win a lot of games next season."
Some of the other schools that have offered Jeffery are USC, Michigan, North Carolina State, Maryland, Clemson, Michigan State, Marshall, North Carolina and several others. "I'm pretty set on the ones I've narrowed it down to," he said. "Michigan is too cold and USC is too far. I'm happy with my list."
He reports a 2.2 core GPA and has a 17 ACT and 860 SAT, which he plans on retaking.