The Florida Gators are in need to some offensive line depth, and will receive in from a new, unexpected member of the class of 2015, albeit it for unfortunate reasons. Center T.J. McCoy, a three-star player out of Groveland, FL, will transfer to UF after a semester at N.C. State, the school to which he committed and enrolled early. McCoy's father Tony has had a prolonged battle with Leukemia, leading him to pursue his release from N.C. State, which was granted by head coach Dave Doeren. Orlando Sentinel has more on the decision.
"When I came home and I saw my dad's condition, I thought to myself, 'I have to be home. I have to be closer to him to help out,' " T.J. McCoy said Sunday night. "When I saw him at home and saw how he was hurting and struggling, I knew I just had to be home and help out.
To NC State head coach Dave Doeren, the McCoys will be forever grateful.
"I talked to Coach Doeren and I explained to him what was going on with my father and he was very understanding," T.J. said. "He granted me a hardship waiver and now I'm home and I am transferring to UF.
McCoy will be immediately eligible for the Gators. He has added some Florida flair to his Twitter profile and has thanked Gator fans for the well-wishes.
">@NH_Gatorgirl thank u I am glad to be apart of the family
— TJ McCoy (@TJ_McCoy70) June 22, 2015
While the circumstances are very unfortunate, we're glad that this worked out for all parties involved. Very classy move by Doeren and N.C. State to allow for the hardship waiver here.