Graduate transfer Malik Zaire now has the option to go to Florida to play out his football career.
Former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire can officially go to Florida as a graduate transfer, if he so chooses.
Earlier today the SEC voted and passed the motion to alter the graduate transfer restriction, which now allows Florida to take in grad transfers this season. The new rule applies to all SEC schools.
The original rule put a three-year restriction on accepting graduate transfers in the event that a previous grad transfer didn't mean certain academic standards. Florida found itself in violation of the rule when Mason Halter and Anthony Harrell didn't meet academic requirements in 2015, putting the Gators on grad transfer restriction until 2018. With the new rule in place, Florida can immediately get Zaire on campus.
While Zaire's commitment to the Gators isn't official, it has looked like the most likely destination for him for a few days. A recent Zaire tweet seems to indicate that he will be heading to UF.
If he winds up joining the Gators, he's expected to compete for the starting job.