Last week, coaches from across the country hit the recruiting trail to see prospect recruits.
Several schools made their way to Douglas County High, and a few left offers for players to join their program.
One of the hottest prospects in the county in Tigers freshman Jonathan Jefferson, who picked up four offers this week.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end from Factory Shoals Middle School, had already garnered an offer from Georgia.
Last week, Georgia Tech, Indiana, North Carolina State and Wake Forest all offered the 15-year-old phonon.
“It was sort of surprising getting those offers right now,” Jefferson said. “I think it would be a few more years. I didn’t think I would get this much exposure.”
Jefferson worked his way into the starting line up for the Tigers, who finished as Region 5-AAAAAA runner-up and reached the second round of the state playoffs.
He had 55 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss. Jefferson was second on the team with 12 sacks and lead the defense with eight quarterback hurries.
Tigers coach Johnny White isn’t surprised by all the attention his young star is receiving.
“By the time he is through here, he will be playing in one of those major all-star games,” White said. “He is really blowing up on the recruiting. When I saw him in the spring, I thought he could play and help us. He really had a great year.”
White and Jefferson credits junior Mataio Soli for having a big influence on his play this season. Soli was the Tigers other defensive end, and he holds 16 college offers.
In fact, Jefferson filled in for Soli when he missed a few games with a leg injury.
“Mataio really pushes him,” White said. “He is like his big brother. Jonathan has play really above his age.”
With some added strength, Jefferson will continue be a dominate player along the Tigers’ defensive front.
“He did a lot of what he did on just technique and athleticism,” White said. “Once he gets some added strength, he will have unlimited potential.”
Although basketball was his first love, Jefferson use to work out with his father, Derrick Jefferson, a former professional box. The elder Jefferson was a 1994 Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight champion.
Nicknamed the “D Train”, Derrick Jefferson lost in a WBO Heavyweight champ fight, and compiled 28 wins in 33 fights.
“Now that I have all those coaches looking at me, I have to push myself even harder,” said Jonathan, who is a member of the varsity basketball team. “I have to play and push myself like it is my last game.”