It looks like Florida will be getting back into the quarterback transfer market. And this time it is Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire.
After starting transfers Luke Del Rio and Austin Appleby this season, there is a report that the Gators are one of the contenders to land Zaire.
Per a report from Pete Sampson of Irishillustrated.com, a Scout.com affiliate, Zaire will meet with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly on Wednesday morning and is expected to get his release from the program. Florida, along with Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Michigan State are believed to be the contenders for the quarterback.
Zaire will have one season of eligibility remaining and will be able to play immediately. Zaire was Notre Dame’s starter to begin the 2015 season, but suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Virginia. Zaire then lost the starting job this year to Deshone Kizer but has seen game action in eight games this season.
Florida is also trying to land the services of former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham, but it is believed other SEC powers Texas A&M and Auburn have a better shot of landing the former 5-star quarterback. Stidham visited Auburn on Tuesday.
Zaire was the No. 4 dual threat quarterback in the 2014 and was a 4-star recruit. The Gators take on No. 1 Alabama on Saturday in the SEC Championship game. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. and CBS will air the game.