Jefferson heading to Gainesville

The Gators added a star pass rusher that grew up a Florida fan.

Florida fans have known about CeCe Jefferson for years, and the five-star defensive end committed to the school he grew up cheering for at his home on Wednesday.

“I’ll be furthering my education and athletics at the University of Florida,” Jefferson said. “I feel at home there. I got a chance to talk to Coach McElwain, Coach Williams and Coach Collins. I fit great in the defense they’re trying to bring.”

The 6-3, 258-pounder from Baker County High School comes in as the No. 13 player in the country and the No. 3 defensive end. He joins offensive tackle Martez Ivey to give the Gators two of the top five players in the state of Florida during a transition class.

Jefferson suffered a shoulder injury early in his senior season, tearing soft tissue after his labrum. The injury occurred in mid-September, and Jefferson said at the time he expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

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