Buffs host new WR target

Buffs host new WR target

Colorado has been through a lot of ups and downs with wide receivers this offseason. The program parted ways with Josh Smith, added Toney Clemons, flirted with Stanley JeanBaptiste and allowed Kendrick Celestine to return to begin proving himself as a walk-on. Coach Dan Hawkins continues to look for help at the position as camp is set to start this week. Scout.com is first to bring you the latest.

William Jefferson, a 6-foot, 190-pound prospect from Moreno Valley, Calif., made an official visit to CU this week after finally earning academic eligibility earlier this summer.

Jefferson was lightly recruited because of problems determining his academic status following a change in high schools. CU offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has kept in touch with Jefferson to monitor the situation and when things cleared up earlier this summer, coaches began talking about bringing him to Boulder.

"It wasn't a test score," Jefferson told Scout. "It was just a little bit of complications with a few things that had to be resolved. It was a lot of little stuff."

Jefferson said he received a lot of recruiting letters from numerous programs and took an unofficial visit to UCLA during the school year, but most programs quit communicating with him after signing day.

Jefferson said he hasn't received a scholarship offer yet, but coaches have told him they will get back to him soon. They could be waiting to see if junior college signee Andre Simmons gets through the NCAA Eligibility Center and the CU admissions office.

"It's all in the hands of the head coach," Jefferson said.

Jefferson played last season at Vista Del Lago High School where he was used as a wide receiver and running back on offense and played in the secondary on defense. He also returned kicks. He earned a spot on the All-Inland Valley team and played in the Southern California Fiesta Bowl.

You can view some of his stats in the box scores here Jefferson

Jefferson said he accumulated more than 2,000 all-purpose yards and scored 19 touchdowns last season. He said he had 1,100 receiving yards. Jefferson said he is a versatile player. He said he runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash consistently.

"I pretty much did it all," he said.

So how did Jefferson's visit to CU go?

"It was great. I love the town of Boulder," Jefferson said. "I love the facilities, the people the food. Everything about Boulder and CU was just great."

Jefferson said he met most of the coaches on his visit and had a one-on-one visit with Hawkins. He also spent some time with current players and tossed the ball around with quarterback Cody Hawkins.

If an offer from Colorado doesn't come, Jefferson said he will probably enroll at Chaffey College and play football there this fall with the goal of earning a scholarship to a major college program in the future.

"Being a Buffalo is a dream," he said. "When I talked to schools, I always told myself I wanted to be in a town and not really a city to where a lot of people don't speak to people.

"I really want to be in a homey environment. That's what Boulder offered me immediately. Just the town of Boulder, the scenery, the people. Everything about it. I just loved it. I have nothing but love for Boulder and CU.

"I love Boulder to death. If they were to offer me a scholarship, I'd be there in whatever amount of time they gave me to get there.

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