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SEC Recruiting Notebook: Five-Star Jefferson ‘Giving Everyone A Chance’

sec-recruiting-notebook-gfxCeCe Jefferson has more college options than he can count.

The defensive tackle from Baker County High School in Glen St. Mary, Fla., holds offer from schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Florida State, Ohio State and Southern California. That’s just the start of it.

The amount of interest Jefferson is receiving is the reason he plans to keep his options open and wait until national signing day to announce his decision.

“I am still fairly even and that is why I decided to make my commitment on national signing day and don’t have a top five or anything,” Jefferson told Rivals.com. “I am just giving everyone a chance to prove to me why I should go to their school. The more visits I take the better I will know what I like and don’t like.”

Jefferson, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle by Rivals, has already begun taking unofficial visits. He has recently taken trips to Florida, Florida State and Georgia.

Jefferson’s visit to Florida last weekend came with a similar message from the Gators’ staff: he is a top priority in the 2015 class.

“They made it real sure they let me know that Florida is going to be coming at me hardest,” Jefferson said. “They said to keep a lookout for them because they are going to come to one or two of my football games and I better get used to them because they are going to recruit me to the end.”

So will Georgia. New Bulldogs defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has developed a strong relationship with Jefferson dating back to Pruitt’s previous stop at Florida State. Jefferson visited Georgia’s campus for the first time earlier this month.

“It was my first time up there and they set the bar real high,” Jefferson said. “I talked with coach Pruitt about his change from Florida State to Georgia and obviously he saw something in their program that made him want to go.

“They showed me a real good time and a lot of great facilities and Coach (Mark) Richt is a real good guy. I wouldn’t mind playing for Georgia.”

Other schools are just hoping to remain in the mix as they try to improve their standing with Jefferson, who doesn’t claim a ranking of any of the schools he’s considering.

Jefferson told Rivals he plans to visit Alabama, Auburn, LSU and North Carolina during the spring. That will only be the start of it.

 

Livington likes the Wildcats

Kentucky continues to make a favorable impression on offensive/defensive lineman Levon Livingston from Ballou High School in Washington, D.C.

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One Of UK’s Biggest Donors In Hot Water Over Alleged Pyramid Scheme

PaulOrberson_Stage-300x211Yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission and three state attorneys general announced that they were shutting down a national marketing company named Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing of Lexington.  The reason?  It’s allegedly a “global pyramid scheme.”  According to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, the shut down is “the beginning of the end for one of the most prolific pyramid schemes operating in North America.”

So why do we mention this national business story on MrSEC.com?  Because the president of Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing is Paul Orberson.  Perhaps you’ve heard of the Paul Orberson Football Office Complex which was built on the University of Kentucky campus a decade ago as part of the Nutter Field House.  The Danville, Kentucky native reportedly gave $100,000 to John Calipari’s “Hoops for Haiti” organization.

Now, the UK athletic department has plenty of boosters with plenty of coal money (maybe not so much as a few years ago) to help fund its sports programs.  But in this economy, any time a mega-booster goes down an athletic department is going to feel it.  And this comes just as Kentucky is launching a multi-million dollar project to upgrade Commonwealth Stadium and its football facilities.

Orberson’s company claimed that its 160,000 independent representatives were selling everything from vitamins and security systems to Dish Network subscriptions.  Dish Network officials told Montana state regulators that their company had no relationship with Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing at all.  Ironically, the co-founder and chairman of the board at Dish is Charlie Ergen, a prominent University of Tennessee booster.

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