Florida DE Justus Reed announced his decision to leave the Gators football program on Thursday.
Reed played in just two games as a sophomore for the Gators during the 2016 season while battling an injury. He played in nine games during the 2015 season, setting a career high with 3 tackles and 2 sacks in a win against New Mexico State.
Reed, who signed with the Gators as an All-State player at Clearwater Central Catholic back in 2014, redshirted his first fall on campus. He has two years of eligibility remaining, but likely would have to forfeit one of those if he chooses to transfer to a FBS school, per NCAA transfer rules. He could theoretically play this fall if he were to choose a FCS school.
Reed posted the following message to his Twitter account, thanking both Will Muschamp, who recruited him to Gainesville, for believing in him and Jim McElwain for what he’s done for him since his 2015 arrival. Reed also thanked Gator Nation:
— Justus Reed (@_9INE7EVEN_) April 13, 2017
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