Jelani Thurman


Player profile

  • Height 6-6
  • Weight 253
  • Hometown Fairburn, Ga.
  • Last School Langston Hughes
  • Year Fr.


  • One of the nation’s top-ranked tight ends; is No. 104 nationally regardless of position in the 247Sports composite
  • The No. 4-ranked tight end and a four-star prospect overall
  • Caught 36 passes for 582 yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 games as a senior for Langston Hughes High School
  • Led Langston Hughes to a 15-0 record as a senior and a 6A state title win over Gainesville.
  • Amassed over 1,000 yards receiving over his final two high school seasons with 19 touchdowns and an average of nearly 16 yards per catch
  • Also played defense where he had 74 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 3.0 tackles-for-loss and four pass breakups.
  • His mother, Kara Braxton, was a two-time WNBA champion with the Detroit Shock