Florida makes a run at top UGA recruit

In the wacky world of recruiting, the only “sure” way to know you’re having a bad year in recruiting is if other colleges aren’t trying to poach your commitments right up until signing day.

The Florida Gators are making a run at one of UGA’s top offensive recruits, 4-star wide receiver Van Jefferson of Brentwood, Tenn. His father is former NFL wide receiver Shawn Jefferson, who is now an assistant coach with the Tennessee Titans.

Florida's Will Muschamp (AP file)

Florida’s Will Muschamp (AP file)

UGA appeared to come out of nowhere to beat out Tennessee for Jefferson a couple of months ago. And one of the main reasons was the friendship between Shawn Jefferson and UGA defensive line coach Tracy Rocker. They coached for one season together with the Titans.

Anyways, Florida dispatched assistant coach Chris Leak to Tennessee last week to watch Jefferson play in person. And it made quite an impression.

“I talk to Florida pretty much on a daily basis,” Jefferson told GatorCounty.com’s Andrew Spivey. “I either talk to Coach [Will] Muschamp or Coach Leak daily. Coach Muschamp tells me that he needs playmakers and guys like me. He says that I can be one of those guys for him but I just love Coach Muschamp because he’s a straight up guy and he’s just a cool guy.”

Jefferson told the website that Florida and Ohio State are the only other schools he communicates with on a regular basis. He’s thinking about taking a few official visits before he enrolls early in college in January.

“I’m just taking it one day at a time and seeing how things go,” Jefferson said. “I’m going to continue to pray about and see where God wants me to be.”

One other interesting note: At the bottom of the article, Spivey offered his insight on the situation, saying that Florida has a “great shot” because Jefferson knows he can play early with the Gators and “that’s something that he’s unsure about with Georgia.” I’m not sure I agree with that opinion because UGA’s current group of wide receivers is one of the team’s weakest links. None of the WR recruits from the last three classes have really made any type of impact, which is why the Bulldogs have been able to recruit so strongly at the position for 2015.

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— By Michael Carvell, AJC’s Recruiting Blog

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