The end of the CeCe Jefferson recruiting saga has arrived.
See whole story here.
Jefferson, the #2 ranked defensive end in the nation, committed to Florida last Wednesday, national signing day, on live tv in a ceremony with friends and family.
Problem is he did not fax in the letter of intent (LOI) despite signing it in public.
This led to much speculation and anxiety on the part of Gator fans.
Originally he said he hadn’t faxed it on Wednesday because there were no fax machines at his signing day party. He maintained at the time that he would fax it in on Thursday.
When it didn’t arrive on Thursday morning, school message boards and social media, Twitter in particular, lit up with speculation and accusations about his intent.
Adding to the confusion was an SI report that new defensive line coach Terrell Williams was leaving to take a job with the Miami Dolphins and would be replaced by Texas defensive line coach Chris Rumph. See story here
This led to speculation that CeCe might be having second thoughts about Florida and whether or not he was misled by Florida in regards to the coaching change.
ESPN national recruiting analyst put in his two cents claiming that CeCe and his family were well aware the change was in the works.
And finally this
The last was on response to this tweet from CeCe:
His father, Leo Jefferson, got in on the situation with a message to Zach Alboverdi which he revealed via Twitter.
Leo himself later tried to clear up the confusion with this tweet.
CeCe then offered insight as well.
Rumph did indeed take over for the departed Williams and eventually CeCe’s dad had a conversation with new Gators defensive coordinator Geoff Collins which appeared to assuage the anxiety on his part.
So after days of confusion, anxiety, and speculation, CeCe has at last faxed in his LOI and is now a Gator.
A guy that I described before signing day as one who “loves the (recruiting) game” made sure he played it out as long as he could and got maximum airtime as a result.