Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson likely will be granted immediate eligibility thanks to a conference rule change made during the SEC spring meetings this week.
Jefferson, who transferred from Ole Miss this offseason, would’ve had to sit out one year because of the league’s previous rule on players transferring within the conference.
However, the SEC approved a change that players who transfer within the conference from a school facing NCAA sanctions now will be granted immediate eligibility, as is the case with Ole Miss players, as first reported by the Orlando Sentinel’s Edgar Thompson.
The change, which was sponsored by Florida and Texas A&M, was approved by SEC member school presidents and reportedly received strong support, according to commissioner Greg Sankey, although official results have not been released.
The NCAA still has to approve Jefferson’s waiver, but that’s expected to happen given that six of Jefferson’s former teammates at Ole Miss have been cleared to play for 2018 as transfers. None of the first six had transferred to an SEC school, however.
Jefferson recorded 91 receptions for 999 yards and 4 touchdowns during his career at Ole Miss.
The 6-foot-2, 218-pound redshirt junior ranked as the No. 11 wide receiver, No. 3 player from the state of Tennessee and the No. 106 overall prospect for the 2015 national recruiting cycle, according to the 247Sports composite.
The league also approved a rule change that grants eligibility for student-athletes who graduate and transfer within the conference, according to multiple reports.