Florida likely won't get all three of the five-stars it had in its sights on National Signing Day. But the Gators do have a two-man constellation.
CeCe Jefferson committed to the Gators in a nationally televised ceremony outside his house on Wednesday, picking Florida over Alabama, Auburn, and Mississippi.
For the next three to four years, I'll be furthering my academics and athletics at ... the University of Florida.
Jefferson's recruitment was long and fluid, with Alabama and Mississisppi both seemingly taking over the lead to secure his signature after Florida began the 2015 recruiting cycle with the lead. Jefferson visited all three schools repeatedly, and saw Auburn along with a cadre of big-time players two weekends ago, then took a visit to LSU last weekend — before not even including those Tigers among his finalists.
In Jefferson, the Gators get a consensus five-star player who is among the nation's top 10 prospects, and a potentially devastating pass rusher as either a defensive end of a stand-up edge rusher.
And in going two-for-three on five-stars — Florida signed Martez Ivey in the late morning after missing on Byron Cowart shortly after 9 a.m. — the Gators managed to salvage two of the state's so-called "Big Three" prospects in a loaded 2015 class.