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Malik Zaire Delays Transfer Until Spring, May Be Angling For Potential SEC Opening

Malik Zaire won't decide his transfer destination until the spring, his father tells

The Notre Dame quarterback was originally set to choose a school soon, but is holding off until April, and after graduating in December, will head to Arizona to train in the mean time.

According to Scout, a possible reason for the delay is the chance that the SEC changes rules about graduate transfers, which could open the door for a team like Florida to get involved.

As for where Zaire lands, the delayed decision could open the door for an SEC option after he expressed early interest in Florida. The Gators reportedly cannot take a graduate transfer due to missed academic requirements of past ones, but SEC commissioner Greg Sankey told reporters during the SEC Championship Game weekend that the league could change its stance.

If the SEC does not alter that position, Zaire could simply choose between Wisconsin and North Carolina this spring, with the Badgers considered the favorite based in part on the talent returning to Madison.

Florida could definitely use a dynamic option at quarterback. The Gators have struggled at quarterback since the 2015 suspension of Will Grier, who has since transferred to West Virginia. Even so, Jim McElwain has managed to win the SEC East in his first two years in Gainesville. Upgrading the current quarterback talent with someone like Malik Zaire has to be a pretty attractive possibility, if Florida is given the option.