The Florida Gators finally received the news they have been waiting for since last February when they pulled a pair of huge transfers into the 2018 signing class. On Thursday, the NCAA granted immediate eligibility to Van Jefferson and Trevon Grimes. The two players are expected to give a big boost to Florida’s WR corps.
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Jefferson, a 6’2″ 181-pound junior from Ole Miss provides a sure handed target to whomever finds themselves behind center this year. He has developed quite a chemistry with Feleipe Franks since his arrival and was superb throughout spring practices. Jefferson still requires clearance from the SEC but is expected to qualify according to the conference’s recent rule change on transfer eligibility. During two seasons with Ole Miss, Jefferson amassed 91 catches for 999 yards and 4 touchdowns. In 2016, Jefferson earned SEC All-Freshman First Team honors.
Grimes is a little less accomplished in his collegiate career but was a blue chip recruit out of Florida’s prestigious St. Thomas Aquinas. In his freshman year with Ohio State, the 6’5″ 214-pound athlete recorded 3 catches for 20 yards before transferring on a medical hardship. Grimes gives the Gators a big body with speed to burn that will prove useful as a deep threat and down near the endzone. In a spring scrimmage that was opened to the media, he had 2 touchdown catches of 50 and 80 yards, respectively.
Both players have the ability to make an immediate impact for Florida on the offensive side of the ball.