BY signing

Bartlett Yancey’s Tyler Jefferson, seated in the middle, signs to play with Ferrum College in Virginia. Seated with him are mother Amy on the left and father Randy on the right. Behind them are BY coach Joshua Brumfield on the left and Ferrum coach Cleive Adams on the right.

Bartlett Yancey offensive lineman Tyler Jefferson has committed to play football at Ferrum College next year, turning aside interest from larger programs in favor of the small school in the Virginia mountains.

Ferrum's location, he said, gives him the opportunity to pursue two passions – hunting and fishing – in addition to football.

“Everybody's like a family up there and I like that,” said the 6'2”, 260 pound senior.

Ferrum head coach Cleive Adams is counting on Jefferson's size and agility to allow him flexibility on his offensive line. At BY Jefferson plays center and tackle.

“We felt like it was a perfect match for us,” Adams said. “I think he has the opportunity to be a pretty special player at our level.”

Ferrum, a NCAA Division III team, is a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, along with Guilford College and a number of Virginia schools. It has an enrollment of a little over 1,000 students.

Ferrum, which, as a DIII school, doesn't give athletic scholarships, was none the less able to put together an attractive financial aid package to entice Jefferson, said BY coach Joshua Brumfield.

“Tyler really likes the coaches and school, so it made too much sense to turn down,” Brumfield wrote in a text message.

Jefferson said several DII schools and at lease one DI school – Elon – had shown some interest. He has been a three-year starter for the Bucs and was selected last year as second team all conference and second team all region. Brumfield said he expects Jefferson to be a “dominating player” during the upcoming Covid-delayed football season.

Jefferson plans to study business management and hopes to reopen and expand his grandfather's body shop on Cherry Grove Road in southern Caswell County.

“I thank God for everything,” he said.