New Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen continued his aggressive start to recruiting on Thursday as he handed out a few more offers.
JUCO defensive tackle Noah Jefferson (6-6, 330, Las Vegas, NV. Arizona Western JUCO) picked up an offer from Mullen and defensive line coach Chris Rumph.
“Coach Mullen and Coach Rumph both offered me tonight [Thursday],” Jefferson said. “They said they watched my film and they liked what they saw and they wanted to offer me.”
This was the ninth offer for Jefferson and his second SEC offer.He called it a big offer and one he plans on checking out.
“I’m excited, it’s a blessing,” he said. “I’m definitely interested in Florida and I plan to take a visit there. It’s a big opportunity for me.”
Jefferson didn’t’ speak with Mullen and Florida long on Thursday as the two parties plan to talk again but the Gators head coach didn’t offer up a short message to the lineman.
“They said I can play multiple positions,” Jefferson said. “They just said they want me to be a Florida Gator and they want me in the Swamp. Then they wished me good luck and said go win a national title on Sunday.”
The defensive tackle being from Las Vegas doesn’t know a whole lot about the Gators but he does remember watching Mullen win at Florida before.
“I don’t know a lot but I know that Coach Mullen won two national titles during his first time there,” he said. “I grew up watching them and I know Tim Tebow played for them.”
After Jefferson finishes up his season on Sunday he has a busy next two months with several official visits in play.
“I have Arizona on December 8th and then UCLA on the 15th,” Jefferson said. “Then I have Louisville on January 12th and then I’m going to visit Florida. I already visited Arkansas.”
Heading into official visits, Jefferson says he has no leader and plans to make a final decision in February.
“I’m going to take all of my officials then wait till signing day,” he said.
INSIDERS TAKE: Rumph is scheduled to visit Jefferson next week to finalize the official visit to Florida. Arkansas was the one time leader here but he says nobody leads at this time. Jefferson has two years to play two seasons.