Photo via Jefferson’s Twitter/ @AmariJefferson6
Chattanooga athlete Amari Jefferson has begun whittling down his college options, releasing a “first 12” that included Tennessee football Thursday.
Chattanooga, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin joined the Vols’ in Jefferson’s top 12.
First 12‼️ @SWiltfong247 @ChadSimmons_ @JeremyO_Johnson @Mansell247 @adamgorney @SeanW_Rivals @CSmithScout @Hunter_DeNote @ErikKimrey pic.twitter.com/rLtTMKKd6L
— Amari Jefferson (@AmariJefferson6) January 27, 2023
Jefferson is a multi-sport standout at Chattanooga’s Baylor School where he helped lead the Red Raiders to the DII-AAA State Championship this season. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete also helped lead Baylor to the 2021 baseball state championship.
The instate prospect committed to play for Tennessee baseball in the summer of 2021 and while he hasn’t publicly de-committed, he appears to be going through the football recruiting process with intentions of playing on the gridiron in college.
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Jefferson ranks as a high three-star recruit on the gridiron, coming in as the No. 528 player in the country and the No. 17 player in the state of Tennessee in the 2024 recruiting class according to the 247sports composite rankings. The East Tennessee native can play on either side of the ball as a receiver or defensive back at the collegiate level.
The three-star athlete was active taking visits this fall and took in Tennessee’s win over Florida at Neyland Stadium. Jefferson also visited Ole Miss, Kentucky and Georgia twice during the season and South Carolina earlier this month.
Tennessee currently has three players committed in its 2024 recruiting class including fellow Chattanooga native, and McCallie standout defensive lineman, Carson Gentle.
The Vols three-play recruiting class ranked 14th nationally according to the 247sports team rankings.