The Florida Gators have added a very talented wide receiver to the team. Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Van Jefferson has transferred out of Ole Miss and will enroll at the University of Florida. The Gators are in need of receivers and the addition of Jefferson really helps them out. Jefferson left Ole Miss due to the NCAA sanctions handed out to the Rebels and their start quarterback transferring to Michigan. Jefferson was one of the top receivers coming out of high school and was one of the top receivers for the Rebels. Due to the Ole Miss sanctions, Jefferson is immediately eligible to play for the Gators in the 2018 season.
Who is Van Jefferson?
Van Jefferson was a redshirt-sophomore wide receiver out of the University of Mississippi. Jefferson was an Army All-American coming out of high school. On 247 Sports, Jefferson was the 109th recruit and the 11th ranked wide receiver in the country. On Rivals, Jefferson was the 138th ranked recruit and the 13th ranked wide receiver in the country. Jefferson signed with Ole Miss over Michigan and Tennessee. As a Rebel, Jefferson has 91 receptions for 999 yards and 4 touchdowns in two seasons. He is also the son of former NFL wide receiver Shawn Jefferson. His father is currently the wide receiver coach for the Miami Dolphins.
Van Jefferson is a 6’2” 195 pound wide receiver. Jefferson has big time speed and is a smooth athlete. He accelerates effortlessly and has a good change of direction. Jefferson is explosive out of his breaks and able to create separation. He is great after the catch and has the speed to turn short throws into big chunk plays and has the ability to get deep. His biggest issue is that he lets the ball go to his body too often instead of using his hands. He is a perfect fit for the spread offense as Mullen can play Jefferson on the outside and at the slot.