While there are more resources and more eyes than ever scouting prospective
student athletes across the country, there are still over 1 million high school
and junior college football players out there to choose from and inevitably,
some players don't get scouted as extensively as others.
At least that's the excuse I'm going to use when talking about 2-Star Oklahoma
Signee Tavaris Jeffries
. At 6-5 and 320 pounds, Jeffries is a right tackle for
his Coahoma Community College team that is tough to miss.
It was on his first play from scrimmage against Itawamba that he got my
attention and became what I like to call a "one play offer" guy. The
description should be fairly self explanatory; one play is all you need to see
of him to realize he's worthy of a scholarship offer. One play offer guys
usually end up with four and five stars next to their names.
Jeffries is a mountain of a man at a listed 6-5/320, but he didn't play
overweight last year for Coahoma. He was extremely quick on the ball, and he
just erases the defensive end on pass protection and moves him out of the way on
Even with his height, he still gets extremely good leverage, and his hand
placement is such that he can control his man without holding. He's a rock in
pass pro and a bulldozer in his run blocking. His leg drive and leverage are all
outstanding. I believe he's agile enough to stick at tackle for Oklahoma, but I
know he's strong enough to be a dominating interior lineman for the Sooners.
For much of the game, Jeffries was matched against 4-Star Pernell McPhee
dominated the more heralded prospect.
While not all players rated two stars are players Scout never got a chance to
evaluate, I know that's the case with Jeffries. I fully expect Jeffries to be a
player, as soon as this year, who when look back at his profile ask "how
the heck was this guy only two stars?"
Answer --- We missed.
Jeffries is big time and was a steal for Oklahoma for the Class of 2009.
See him in action last year vs. Itawamba:
#74 RT Tavaris Jeffries
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While the business of scouting football prospects has become more and more widespread, there is still the inevitable prospect that slips through the cracks. 2009 Oklahoma signee Tavaris Jeffries is one of those guys.
I can picture a day in the near future when we ask "Tavaris Jeffries, 2 Stars? Really?"