Just four days after defeating Virginia in the Orange Bowl, the Florida Gators are already making significant offseason acquisitions.
A five-star running back from the class of 2018, Lorenzo Lingard announced his transfer from Miami to Florida today.
Lingard hails from University High School in Orange City, Florida, and was the No. 2 running back in his class according to 247Sports.com. He was an early enrollee for the Hurricanes in 2018 and played in six games that year before suffering a season-ending leg injury. Lingard played in two games in 2019, appearing primarily on special teams.
I am truly blessed and thankful to be a Gator. The people who made this possible have changed my life. I am ready to do whatever it takes to become the best gator as a team player and student athlete. I know my Dad is excited for this , i want to maximize everything pic.twitter.com/YZXSgHpUkz
— Lorenzo Lingard JR (@d1champ99) January 3, 2020
“I am truly blessed to be a Gator,” Lingard said in a post to his Twitter. “I am ready to do whatever it takes to become the best gator as a team player and student athlete.”
Gainesville product Noah Keeter also announced his transfer to Florida today. Keeter, a three-star outside linebacker from Buchholz High School, will come to UF as a redshirt freshman, as he didn’t see game action in 2019.
— Noah Keeter (@NoahKeeter_25) January 3, 2020
“I’m coming home!”, Noah posted to his Twitter account.
The transfers of Lingard and Keeter replenish positions of need for the Gators, as they lose running back Lamical Perine and edge rushers Jabari Zuniga and Jonathan Greenard to the NFL Draft.
Mark Stine is a contributing writer for Chomp Talk. Follow him on Twitter @mstinejr.