You don’t become the top defensive end in the land without being a bit freaky on the field of play. That is what you have with Glen St. Mary (Fla.) Baker County defensive end CeCe Jefferson who Scout.com ranks as the top at his position in the 2015 class.
Friday night, Baker County defeated Bradford County 43-7 and a lot of it had to do with Jefferson and his exploits.
“It felt great,” Jefferson said shortly after the win, their first of the season. “We started the season off slow. It definitely feels good to be back on track. Everything just felt so right tonight. Me and the guys were on the same track all week in practice. We knew what the mindset was coming into this game and the results showed. We just have to prepare like that every week and we will continue to be successful.”
Jefferson made noise on the first defensive snap of the game. Coming off the right edge, he sprinted to the backfield and forced the Bradford County quarterback to cough up the ball. One of his teammates landed on it and Baker County would jump to a quick 8-0 lead. From then Bradford would run away from him one way or another, still he made his presence felt. He finished with a trio of tackles, but two forced fumbles, and he also forced a sack when he got penetration and forced the quarterback to scramble into some teammates. Then, on the last score of the game it was Jefferson rushing from the right side when he jumped up and batted a pass at the line of scrimmage, one his teammates ran under the ball and into the end zone. He showed a lot of versatility in all of the stats he did put up during the night.
“I try to live up to the hype a little bit,” Jefferson said of all the plays he made. “Coach Muschamp was out here this evening. I just try and play up to my potential and satisfy my teammates to get the job done. If I have a good game and do my job, they will follow.”
Earlier in the day Jefferson Tweeted that Muschamp was a funny man and would be attending the game. He elaborated on the ‘funny’ comment.
“He and I just have a good relationship,” Jefferson said of he and Muschamp. “Every time we talk it is always laughs and giggles.”
The fact that Muschamp picked this night to come out made an impression.
“It means a lot,” Jefferson said. “He said this is his first time ever coming out on a Friday night with a game on Saturday. That made me feel pretty good and showed me they care and will do what they need to do to get who they want. My teammates were excited, there are a lot of Gator fans on my team and excited to play in front of a college coach, especially Coach Muschamp.”
The beginning of the night was eerily similar to last week, where the rains and lightning came down in Gainesville where Jefferson was visiting. Last week the game was called, this one, the skies cleared and game action resumed.
“It was kind of crazy,” Jefferson said of the trip to Gainesville last week. “I was thinking on the way here that I went over there Saturday and it rained out. Then it was pretty bad weather here and I thought it was going to get rained out and I thought it was kind of crazy. But, the weather cleared up here, I had a great time there and here too.”
Will he be in Gainesville on Saturday to watch the Gators vs. Eastern Michigan?
“Yes, I will be there this weekend,” he said.
And he will be watching intently.
“I hope to see a continuation of that kickoff return, they looked explosive on that play,” he said with a smile. “I think they will have a great season this year, they had a lot of injuries last year and it threw their season off with big time players out. I am going to look for explosiveness and study my position a little bit. I want to see if I do go there how I will operate in the defense.
“There are new guys, so I will probably go and observe everyone and the team as a whole.”
“I was actually going to decide on that tonight,” he said of where he will take officials. “Go home and look at their schedules and then post it on Twitter.”
Stay tuned as we continue to follow the recruitment of the nation’s top defensive end.