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Douglas County High junior defensive end Jonathan Jefferson has committed to play for the Georgia Bulldogs.

Douglas County High all-state junior defensive end Jonathan Jefferson has been thinking about his college future lately.

Jefferson woke up Sunday morning ready to make his decision.

The four-star player decided to commit to the Georgia Bulldogs with a mid-morning tweet Monday.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder is ranked as one of the nation’s top defensive ends in the Class of 2021.

According to the 247Sports.com composite ratings, Jefferson is No. 11 in the nation as a strong-side defensive end and 143rd overall prospect for the 2021 class.

I have been thinking about this a lot lately, and I woke up Sunday morning ready to commit to Georgia,” Jefferson said. “It was on my mind, so I prayed on it Saturday night and God told me inside that it was time.”

He picked Georgia over Florida and Auburn.

“It was just the relationship that I’ve been building with the coaches,” Jefferson said Monday morning. “They are a championship team, and I wanted to be a part of it. Georgia is the home-state school, so it feels great to stay home and play for the in-state school and be close to my family. That was one thing that led me to Georgia. I also like the coaches at Georgia.”

He becomes the fourth commitment for the Bulldogs, who have played in the last three SEC Championship games.

Jefferson, a three-year starer at Douglas County, is rated as a four-star recruit by most recruiting analysts.

This past season, Jefferson finished with 77 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss. He also had 15 Sacks with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries and an interception. He was also used on offense where he had three receptions for 27 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Jefferson said he looks forward to the competition in Athens and competing for a starting spot in the Bulldogs rotation.

“I just have to go up there and work,” Jefferson said. “I look forward to the competition. I’m going to have to compete no matter where I go.”