Andy Lyons/Getty Images Former Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire. GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It’s been a wild week with the Oregon rumors about Jim McElwain and all the news surrounding potential quarterback transfers for Florida.
There’s also some game in Atlanta this weekend.
The Gators will take on No. 1 Alabama in the SEC Championship on Saturday, and then McElwain and his assistants will hit the road recruiting until Dec. 12.
Here are the top five questions from this week: Which transfer QB do you think the coaching staff have better chances with? Would landing one impact Jake Allen?
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This is obviously the hot topic of the week. With Luke Del Rio’s struggles this season and the uncertainty surrounding true freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask, the quarterback position will once again be a question mark in 2017.
The Gators are in the mix for three quarterbacks: junior college players Blake Barnett (Alabama) and Jarrett Stidham (Baylor) and graduate transfer Malik Zaire. Of the three, UF has the best chance with Zaire.
Barnett and Stidham have had several schools after them for a while, and Florida is a little late to the party. One of them would need to officially visit this month for that to change.
Zaire, however, just announced his intentions to transfer this week and lists Florida as one of his favorites. He did not win the Irish’s starting job this year and suffered a season-ending injury in the second game of 2015, but the Elite 11 finalist had impressive performances against LSU, Texas and Southern Cal.
He’s a dual-threat quarterback with 816 passing yards and 324 rushing yards in basically four games of action. Zaire also hasn’t thrown an interception in 98 career pass attempts.
He would be a good option for the Gators, giving them not only a security blanket for another year, but also a different element in their offense. Allen gave SEC Country his thoughts on the possible addition of Zaire.
“He would be a really good get,” Allen said. “It would be cool to learn behind him for a year.” Chances we get 4-star receivers James Robinson and Henry Ruggs? Giving up on DPJ at this point.
(From @DonaldLiscomb) It’s probably best to not get your hopes up on 5-star WR Donovan Peoples-Jones. He enjoyed his official visit to UF and the staff has recruited him relentlessly, but overcoming Michigan for a Detroit standout is a tall task for an SEC school. If Florida’s quarterback of the future was already in place and the offense had made significant strides this year, maybe that could have swayed him away from the in-state Wolverines.The Gators’ chances are much better with Robinson (Lakeland, Fla.) and Ruggs (Montgomery, Ala.). Robinson named UF his leader back in the spring, while Ruggs did the Gator Chomp at one of his games and has shown interest.Both of them plan to officially visit Florida before making their decisions. I foresee Robinson joining the class on signing day because of […]