It’s great news for the Florida Gators, but these two promising wide receivers aren’t on the field yet.

Transfers Trevon Grimes and Van Jefferson were declared eligible by the NCAA, to play this fall for the University of Florida.

Grimes can begin playing immediately, while Jefferson still must obtain a similar waiver from the Southeastern Conference. Traditionally, the SEC has not allowed non-graduate intra-conference transfers to play right away, rather ordering them to sit out a year. But the league has adopted a rule that, under certain conditions like a postseason ban, that player can play immediately for a new school.

Florida Head Coach Dan Mullen said he was excited about both receivers.

“We appreciate the NCAA’s understanding in both situations, and are thankful to the UAA’s administration and compliance staff for their role in helping guide Trevon, Van, their families, and our coaching staff through this over the past six-plus months.” 

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Last January, Grimes transferred from Ohio State where, during his freshman year, had 2 receptions for 20 yards in two games. He’s 6-foot-5, weighs 214 pounds, and played his high school football at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale.

Jefferson has more playing experience than Grimes on the college level. After redshirting his freshman year at Ole Miss, the Brentwood, Tennessee native played 22 games for the Rebels, with a total of 91 receptions for 999 yards and 4 touchdowns.  He’s 6-foot-2, 192 pounds, and is the son of former NFL wide receiver Shawn Jefferson.

Jefferson has two years of eligibility remaining. Grimes is beginning his sophomore season.

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