After months of rumors surrounding the landing spot for former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire, it looks like the young offensive weapon is headed to the University of Florida, pending approval from the SEC on his transfer. According to FOX Sports Reporter Bruce Feldman, sources with close ties to Notre Dame have word on the imminent transfer.
Heard from sources close to #ND transfer Malik Zaire he’s leaning towards UF & is waiting to see if SEC amends rule clearing him to go to UF
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 30, 2017
The amendment in question was in reference to Zaire’s missed academic requirements that come in conflict with the SEC. However, the Southeastern Conference did have the option to change their stance on the issue, allowing Zaire to join the Gator squad.
Zaire had been considering multiple options for his senior season, among them UNC, Florida and Wisconsin. Zaire had proven to be an athletic and versatile playmaker, and someone with the potential to make an immediate impact on any team. After former LSU quarterback Brandon Harris committed to UNC, the Tar Heels fell to the wayside, leaving Florida and Wisconsin as his last to legitimate options.
However, Wisconsin had expressed immense confidence in Sophomore QB Alex Hornibrook, and showed no signs of actively pursuing the former Notre Dame QB. With Wisconsin and UNC no longer in the picture, that left the Gators (who seemed unlikely candidates to land Zaire) the lone team standing to host the QB.