Florida transfer wide receivers cleared by NCAA to play immediately in 2018

By Adam Silverstein
August 2, 2018
Florida transfer wide receivers cleared by NCAA to play immediately in 2018

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The Florida Gators‘ long wait is finally over. The program announced Thursday that wide receivers redshirt junior Van Jefferson and sophomore Trevon Grimes have been formally cleared by the NCAA, which granted their waivers to play immediately as transfers.

Jefferson, an intraconference transfer from Ole Miss, must still receive a waiver from the Southeastern Conference before he can suit up, but a recent league rule change should make that a formality. Grimes left Ohio State last season due to what he described as family reasons.

“I’m excited for Trevon and Van. We appreciate the NCAA’s understanding in both situations, and are thankful to the [University Athletic Association’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,” head coach Dan Mullen said in a statement.

In two seasons with the Rebels, Jefferson posted about 1,000 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 11 yards per reception. Grimes only saw action sparingly with the Buckeyes as a true freshman but joined the program as a four-star prospect and the No. 41 overall player in the Class of 2017.

The additions off Jefferson and Grimes to the playing roster truly jolts Florida’s talent on the offensive side of the ball. Combining their playmaking ability with the talents of junior Tyrie Cleveland and sophomore Kadarius Toney on the outside — plus a strong stable of running backs and experienced offensive line — gives the Gators a tremendous complement of players on that side of the ball.

Now all Florida needs to do is find a quarterback to take advantage of those abilities, Mullen’s primary task entering the 2018 season.

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