During his weekly Monday press conference, Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp announced that freshman defensive tackle Jafar Mann has decided to leave the program and transfer elsewhere.
“Jafar Mann and I met [Sunday] night, and he’s decided to transfer,” Muschamp said. “He and I agreed it was time for him to move on.”
Mann, a three-star recruit and member of Florida’s 2012 signing class who was expected to take a redshirt, had not yet played this season and even spent some time working on the offensive line in an effort to contribute immediately.
He was one of two players from Stephenson High School to commit to the Gators last year though neither will wind up being on the team in 2013. Four-star running back Mike Davis initially committed to Florida but eventually decommitted and wound up signing with Southeastern Conference rival South Carolina.
It is currently unknown where Mann will transfer or when he will make that decision. His departure leaves the Gators with 13 scholarship defensive linemen though as many as five could depart this season due to graduation or a decision pursue an NFL career.
Mann will be the 15th player to transfer off the Florida football team since Muschamp was hired to take over the program in Dec. 2010 and third player to do so since July.