The University of Florida is still going through the process of drawing up a petition to send to the NCAA seeking a waiver that would make Ole Miss transfer Van Jefferson eligible this season.
The NCAA has already ruled five other Ole Miss players eligible who recently transferred to other schools, including Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson.
Jefferson’s appeal is taking longer because it is more complicated than those of his former Ole Miss teammates. Jefferson has transferred within the SEC, which rarely happens, so league commissioner Greg Sankey is going to be involved in the appeals process in Jefferson’s case.
UF also is continuing to work on Ohio State transfer Trevon Grimes’ appeal to become eligible this fall. Grimes transferred to UF to be closer to his family in Fort Lauderdale because one of his family members is dealing with a serious health issue.
Although the Grimes and Jefferson appeals are different in scope, there’s a good chance UF will submit both petitions to the NCAA at the same time. A ruling should come fairly quickly after that.
The NCAA on Thursday ruled favorably for the four other Ole Miss players — wide receiver Tre Nixon (UCF), safety Deontay Anderson (Houston), offensive lineman Jack DeFoor (Georgia Tech) and linebacker Jarrion Street (UAB) — under a recently revised rule that was used to make Patterson immediately eligible at Michigan.
The NCAA tweaked its waiver process last month to allow players who are in good standing at their previous school to be immediately eligible at their new school if the original school does not oppose the transfer.
There has been no indication Ole Miss is opposing Jefferson’s transfer to Florida.
If Jefferson and Grimes are granted the waiver by the NCAA, it could be a big boost for the Gators’ new offense under Dan Mullen. Jefferson and Grimes were two of the biggest playmakers at wide receiver during the spring, catching numerous deep balls.