Five-star DE CeCe Jefferson will fax NLI to Florida 'soon'
Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson again tweeted his commitment to Florida on Saturday and said he will fax his National Letter of Intent to the Gators "soon."
Im a Gator and my LOI will be turned in soon,my dad and coach Collins had a long talk today. 🐊🐊🐊🐊— CeCe (@cecejeferson7) February 7, 2015
On Thursday, Jefferson had yet to formally join the Gators. His father, Leo, explained to Rivals.com that Jefferson wasn't ready to sign the NLI because news surfaced this week that defensive line coach Terrell Williams was leaving the Gators after a month to accept the same position with the NFL's Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins confirmed Williams' hire on Friday.
Florida announced Texas defensive line coach Chris Rumph as Williams' replacement on Friday.
National Signing Day marks the first day recruits may sign and fax in their NLIs, but the signing period runs until April 1.
Jefferson was among the seven recruits new head coach Jim McElwain landed since Monday.
SI.com's Chris Johnson explained the significance of Jefferson's commitment to Florida on Wednesday:
In announcing his decision, Jefferson discussed the benefits of playing at a program where he “felt at home.” He also mentioned the possibility of squaring off with Martez Ivey -- who also picked the Gators Wednesday -- in practice.
Jefferson is such a highly regarded prospect because of his blend of power and explosiveness. At 6-foot-2 and 275 pounds, he is versatile enough to play several positions along the line. Though a broken collarbone sidelined Jefferson for most of his senior season and forced him to miss the U.S. Army game, he should be able to make an instant impact.
- Mike Fiammetta