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Graduate Transfer QB Malik Zaire Nearing Decision

Former Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire is close to making a decision on his transfer destination.

Former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire is nearing a decision on his graduate transfer destination, according to ESPN's Tom VanHaaren.

Zaire said he was planning on making his decision by now, but pushed it back until after his graduation ceremony, which took place on May 28.

"As soon as possible," he told ESPN, when asked about when the announcement will come. "I want to get in before fall camp and before school starts so I can be around the guys and get rolling on those relationships."

The likely location for the signal caller is reportedly Florida, but it remains to be seen if the Gators are even eligible to take in a graduate transfer. The situation is detailed below, per VanHaaren:

The Gators are currently in the second year of a three-year penalty for taking grad transfers who ultimately did not meet academic requirements.

That penalty precludes the staff from taking a grad transfer until 2018, which means that Zaire would not be able to consider Florida as his school with only one year of eligibility remaining.

An SEC vote is scheduled to go down this Friday.

Zaire has also looked at Wisconsin, North Carolina and Texas.