CeCe Jefferson has visited Florida more than a half dozen times since the spring, so there isn’t much in Gainesville he hasn’t seen.
“I know this place like the back of my hand,” Jefferson said. “I’m here for almost every game.”
However, Saturday’s season opener against Idaho offered a new experience for him. The game had almost a three-hour weather delay before being suspended due to unsafe field conditions.
“I’ve never seen a game canceled. That was a first,” he said. “I was looking forward to seeing them play, but it was still great getting back down here again. I had a good time.”
The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder from Glen Saint Mary Baker County conversed with UF coach Will Muschamp and defensive line coach Brad Lawing during his visit.
“I talked to them for a little bit,” he said. “Their message was the same. They’re looking forward to recruiting me this season and hopefully coaching me in the future.”
Jefferson also spent time with Byron Cowart of Seffner Armwood. The close friends and five-star defensive ends would like to attend the same college.
Cowart named Oregon, Florida State and Florida his top three schools Friday, but most believe the Gators are truly his favorite heading into his Sept. 28 decision.
Jefferson laughed when informed of Cowart’s leaderboard.
“If he says that’s what it is, then that’s it,” he said. “Byron is a character. I don’t know what to think about that. I’ll pick his brain about it, but I won’t let anybody know.”
As for Jefferson’s recruitment, he plans to be back at UF for the Kentucky game and also wants to visit LSU and Georgia this fall.
“I don’t think I’ll come out with a top group of schools,” he said. “I think I’m just going to ride it out and enjoy the recruiting process. I’ll make my decision on signing day.”
Not if Florida offensive line commit Tyler Jordan has his way.
Last month he posted a picture on Twitter of his Gator socks, and Jefferson immediately wanted a pair.
— Tyler Jordan#71 (@tyjordan58) July 30, 2014
“I’ve never seen any socks like that,” Jefferson said. “He told me his girlfriend got them customized for him. So they’re exclusive. He’s trying to bribe me for my commitment.”
Jordan asked Jefferson on Twitter if he was attending Saturday’s game, and then dropped the hammer.
@cecejeferson7 I got the socks
— Tyler Jordan#71 (@tyjordan58) August 30, 2014
“It’s turned into a little joke now,” Jordan said. “He saw me come into the Gator room last night and told me, ‘Why do you have the socks on! You’re supposed to give them to me.’ We got a good laugh out of that.”
Jefferson walked away from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium undecided and sockless.
“I did not get the socks, so therefore I did not commit,” he said smiling. “That’s the deal he’s trying to make with me. He told me if I commit to coach Muschamp, he’ll give me the socks. So we’ll see.”
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