It appeared as if all Malik Zaire was waiting for was clearance from the SEC. The left-handed throwing, Notre Dame transfer quarterback has kept pundits on their toes about concerning where he might land. Many believed that Florida was his preferred destination.
However, an SEC transfer restriction was applied to Florida after two of their previous transfers failed to qualify academically. They must wait until after the 2018 season to accept a graduate transfer player. Florida was expected to seek exemption from the rule, clearing the way for Zaire to transfer.
It appears things aren’t as neatly tucked as all that.
Zaire appeared as if he was still undecided after speaking with ESPN recently. The graduate transfer is likely playing things close to the vest, lest he make another school look like his second option after Florida. If he is unable to transfer to the Gators, his option are limited.
Wisconsin and Texas are the likeliest destination if Florida is out.
However, selecting either of those likely means competing for playing time with another quarterback. He will have limited time with the playbook, his offensive line, and his receiving core wherever he goes.
Don’t think that hasn’t occurred to him either. When asked when he is looking to transfer, he said “as soon as possible.” Zaire says his goal remains to win a championship, though that doesn’t appear to be the case from an outside perspective. It appears as if he is trying to transfer to the likeliest venue for playing time before attempting to make the jump to the NFL.
Nothing wrong with that, of course. Just pick a school already.
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