Cece Jefferson's Letter of Intent Still Hasn't Been Faxed In
Update Feb. 9, 7:30 - The wait is finally over and Jefferson has finally faxed in his letter of intent and is officially a member of the Florida Gators.
Today is the day that I officially become a Florida Gator,sorry for the wait #GatorNation! Sending my LOI in shorty 💯🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊— G7orG8? (@cecejeferson7) February 9, 2015
Feb. 5, 7:15 - Cece Jefferson has finally spoken out about the issue on Twitter. Here's the latest from the five-star recruit.
I haven't sent in my LOI because someone told me a few days before NSD that williams was leaving,why send it in without being sure ?— 7 (@cecejeferson7) February 6, 2015
Im a Gator my dude! Forget all these rumors that I was paid,my parents disagreed w my decision, all of that..My last tweet is whyi held out— 7 (@cecejeferson7) February 6, 2015
2:30 - Per Jon Shumake of the Baker County Press there could be a resolution to the situation as soon as tomorrow.
CeCe Jefferson said he was planning on sending in his NLI today. Said maybe tomorrow, but added he's not changing commitment to #Florida.— Jon Shumake (@JonShu89) February 5, 2015
12:50 - Recently reported by ESPN.com's Gerry Hamilton, Leo Jefferson (Cece's dad) says he is not the reason for holding up his son.
"Cece is still thinking about it. He wants time to think about it. ...We don't have a timetable. Cece could change his mind about everything."
12:04 - After Auburn waited for what seemed like hours to finally get that one fax from top prospect Byron Cowart with his national letter of intent signed, the Florida Gators are facing their own dilemma. Five-star DE Cece Jefferson's letter of intent still has not been faxed in, causing many to wonder if he is still headed to the Swamp. Just as many saw Cowart sign his letter on TV, Jefferson did the same during his live announcement on ESPNU yesterday. So with his signature on the letter what's causing the delay?
According to Brady Ackerman, a sideline reporter for the Gator Sports Network, the issue lies with Jefferson's dad. Ackerman reported live on the air with Bill King of Nashville's 94.9 The Game that his father is refusing to sign the letter of intent. Ackerman has been in close contact with sources from Baker County where Jefferson is from, and that's what he's been told as the reason as to why Jefferson's letter hasn't been sent in yet. However, he's positive that Jefferson will remain a Gator despite his father's opposition.
"Now he's going to be a Gator, but as of right now his letter of intent has not been received by Florida," said Ackerman. He later went on to say, "From the Florida perspective, they feel very confident that Cece Jefferson will be a Gator and that he is a Gator, but from the legal standpoint, we kind of went through this yesterday with [Byron] Cowart down at Armwood, it's not officially official, if you will."