Will Jefferson has leaned on his faith heavily in recent months as problems with his high school transcripts sorted themselves out. Those issues played a big part in programs shying away from the 6-foot, 190-pound playmaker from Vista Del Lago High School in Moreno Valley, Calif.
Colorado offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau kept in touch with Jefferson throughout the spring and summer, knowing that he could help CU, a program with a lack of depth in its receiving corps. When the academic issues were resolved, the Buffs jumped at the chance to land a quality player who led the Inland Valley League in receiving in 2008.
After Jefferson visited Boulder last week, Kiesau called this weekend to extend a scholarship offer, which was accepted a few seconds later.
"He was like, 'Do you need time to think about it,'" Jefferson said. "I was like, 'No, I think we can go through with it.'"
All of the stress of wondering about his future is behind him now and Jefferson is traveling to Boulder on Monday to enroll in fall semester classes and begin practices later this week.
"I always had a positive mindset about it," Jefferson said. "I'm a strong steadfast person and I always knew God would come through in his time.
"That's what you're told as a Christian. Even when you don't want to believe it. They always tell you. It's not your time. It's when God decides to do it. I was thinking, 'Well, I guess God doesn't want me to go to a major university out of high school because it's late, and I don't know if anybody ever gets picked up this late.' But just staying in my prayers, doing my work and going to church, I just left it in God's hands and somehow it came through."
Jefferson said he already has been cleared by the NCAA and admitted to CU. He said that was part of the wait this summer. CU coaches didn't want to bring him into the program unless they knew he would be qualified.
"I'm happy with it, but just being there isn't going to be enough for me," he said.