Reports: Early enrollee TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe to transfer from Florida Gators

By Adam Silverstein
May 26, 2015

Just over five months after enrolling in school, Florida Gators freshman tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe has decided to leave the team and pursue a transfer to another institution, according to multiple reports. first reported Tuesday that Imatorbhebhe was leaving the program, a move that sources told shortly thereafter is “basically official.”

Speaking at the SEC spring meetings on Tuesday, McElwain discussed the transfers of quarterback Josh Grady (in) and Skyler Mornhinweg (out) but told gathered reporters that no other Gators were leaving the team at the moment despite others having met with him to discuss the possibility.

The failure of Florida to recruit and get production out of the tight end position over the last few seasons has been well-documented, but some reasons for optimism were provided during the 2015 Orange & Blue Debut spring game.

Two of the Gators’ four leading receivers that Saturday were tight ends with sophomore DeAndre Goolsby (two receptions, 40 yards) and redshirt freshman C’yontai Lewis (four receptions, 54 yards, touchdown), each flashing while being used in a variety of formations.

Combined with redshirt senior Jake McGee, who did not participate in the spring game while recovering from a broken leg suffered during Florida’s season opener, the position looks to be stronger than it’s been in years.

Redshirt freshman Moral Stephens is also looking for playing time, and McElwain has said on more than one occasion that he is “excited about that group” as a whole.

“Our tight end group is young, but you’ve got some guys that are going to have a chance to be pretty good there and give us an opportunity,” the coach said in March.

Imatorbhebhe is the older brother of four-star wide receiver and former Florida target Josh Imatorbhebhe, who recently committed to USC over UF and other programs.


  1. Michael Jones says:

    Que sera sera. Competition will do that to some players. I think we want the kind of player who embraces competition.

  2. Whty says:

    He sucked anyways !

    • Ken (CA) says:

      lol, let’s see you block him or defend him on a passing route…

      • Michael Jones says:

        Please do not encourage the blocking of offensive players. We have already had too much of that over the past few years.

        And I don’t know if Whty can cover him on a pass route, but looking at his HS tape, he did look pretty soft . . as in, very easy to bring down. That shouldn’t be happening with a true Div I talent at the HS level. That’s usually a man v. boys scenario.

  3. 305Gator says:

    I think Michael Jone’s attitude is correct as opposed to Whty. It seems we are set at TE and Daniel was not going to see the field at all.
    I take exception to the following line in the story:
    “The failure of Florida to recruit and get production out of the tight end position over the last few seasons….”
    No failure to recruit at all, in fact Meyer recruited the top 2 TEs in the nation one year and both proved to be complete busts. The failure is in the development of the players and the production on the field not in recruiting.
    Let’s hope BigMac can finally coach and develop offensive players whether they be TEs, WRs or QBs.
    Go Gators!

  4. Stoney says:

    Good riddance to him and to his brother. I heard GA Southern is looking for a medicore TE.

  5. waldo road says:

    Stoneynaga Southern is a sore subject . Can you pick another team?