Douglas County defensive end Jonathan Jefferson was named an All-American by Maxpreps.com, a website dedicated to high school athletics.
He was named to the online publication’s first-team.
“It’s a big honor,” Jefferson said. “I was pleased with my first season on the varsity.”
Jefferson has received several postseason honors in his first year of varsity competition.
In addition to the All-American honor, Jefferson was named to the All-Region 5-AAAAAA team selected by the region coaches. He also made the Douglas County Sentinel All-County team and was an honorable mention on the Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State team.
“He has some unlimited potential,” White said. “We are definitely excited about his future.”
This past season, Jefferson finished with 55 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss. He also had 12 sacks to go with a pass breakup a fumble recovery and a caused fumble.
The 6-foot-5, 220 pounder averaged 4.6 tackles per game for the Tigers, who finished as region runner-up and advanced to the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs.
In the playoffs against Dalton and Alpharetta, Jefferson had a combined eight tackles including a tackle for loss with two sacked and four quarterback hurries.
College coaches has also taken not of the freshmen. He has received some verbal offers, including one from Georgia back in Novemeber.
“It is very exciting and it makes you just want to work harder,” said Jefferson, who was a standout on Factory Shoals Middle consecutive county championship teams.
Jefferson was one of two freshman from Georgia named to the first team. In all, four freshmen were named to the All-American freshman team by the prep website.
“If he is not an All-American in his senior year, it is our fault as coaches,” White said. “He has all the tools and ability.”