Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson hosted three Florida assistants for an in-home visit Monday night.
UF interim coach D.J. Durkin, defensive line coach Brad Lawing and secondary coach Travaris Robinson made the U.S. Army All-American a priority on their first day of recruiting in the contact period.
“It was great,” Jefferson said of the visit. “It made me feel kind of special. With everything going on, they still found time in their day to come see me and my family. It was kind of a big deal.”
Jefferson attended all but one of Florida’s home games this season and has been a top target of the Gators throughout his high school career at Glen Saint Mary Baker County.
Over the course of his UF recruitment, he’s built strong relationship with all three defensive coaches.
“Me and those guys have been going at it for four years now, ever since I was a freshman going to the games,” he said. “We’ve created a bond, and it speaks for itself.”
Jefferson convinced Robinson to try venison for the first time at dinner, and he said the four of them didn’t discuss the upcoming coaching change much.
“We really didn’t talk about that, honestly,” Jefferson said. “We watched TV and had a good time, shared a lot of laughs. They did tell me that they want to stay (at Florida) if they can. But they were saying no matter what happens with them, UF is still a good school to go to.”
The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder has already officially visited Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss, and he’ll take a trip to Cincinnati this weekend. His former high school teammate, Mike Boone, plays running back for the Bearcats.
“I want to see something different,” Jefferson said of his visit to Ohio. “I’ve never seen snow before, so I’m looking forward to that. I got my jacket packed.”
Jefferson is unsure of where he’ll go for his final official visit. He’s making his college choice on signing day (Feb. 4), a decision date he said will give the next Gators coach time to recruit him.
“I’m just going to sit back and observe,” Jefferson of Florida’s coaching search. “I’ll see who they bring in, see what he has to say, see who they keep (on staff). I’m just going to chill, relax, take everything in and go from there.”
Cant believe coach T-rob never had deer meat /p>— CeCe Jefferson (@cecejeferson7) December 1, 2014
— CeCe Jefferson (@cecejeferson7) December 2, 2014
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