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Saturday, May 4, 2013
Sleepy sophomore wakes up to offer

By Brad Bournival

Things might have been hazy at first for CeCe Jefferson (Glen Saint Mary, Fla./Baker County), but they came into focus real fast.

Wiping the sleep from his eyes Friday night at 10 o’clock, the 6-foot-2, 248-pound defensive tackle awoke to a text from his coach.

It wasn’t your average text message, as this one told him the Ohio State Buckeyes -- the only undefeated team in 2012 -- were interested in him and had offered him a scholarship.

“It woke me up,” Jefferson said. “After I saw it, I didn’t go back to sleep for the rest of the night.

“I was pretty excited. Ohio State is pretty far away and for them to think of me all the way down here is great.”

With Urban Meyer having coached Florida to two national championships, he was familiar with the area and Jefferson has hardly kept quiet during his first two seasons with the Wildcats.

As a freshman, Jefferson was a U.S. Air Force All-American after a season when he recorded 44 tackles – 22.5 for loss -- and registered 10 sacks.

Last season he registered 58 tackles, 15 sacks, two forced fumbles and blocked two punts.

“As a person, I’m a cool guy,” Jefferson said. “I like to work. I like to compete and keep my grades up in school. As a player, I’m a go-getter. I go hard every play and I like to win.”

It’s certainly drawn a lot of attention as Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina and South Carolina have joined the Buckeyes with scholarship offers.

Should he decide to play for Ohio State, Jefferson knows exactly what he would be getting into as he talked about not only playing for Meyer, but three-time Super Bowl winner and former All-Pro Mike Vrabel.

“It would be great to play for somebody with NFL experience to teach me,” Jefferson said. “They can tell me what to work on to get me to the league. That would be great.”

Jefferson is the third defensive tackle and the seventh defensive linemen from the Class of 2015 with a Buckeyes offer. He is also the 10th Floridian with an offer from the class. Ohio State has offered 32 sophomores so far.