Updated on Jan. 7 at 10:20 a.m.
One-time Florida Gators 2013 commitment Schuyler Rimmer never wound up playing for the team out of high school, deciding six weeks after initially pledging to the program that he would reopen his recruitment.
It appears as if Rimmer has found a way to suit up for the Gators after all as he announced Sunday evening that he plans to transfer to Florida.
OnlyGators.com has confirmed that Rimmer will walk on to the UF basketball team, as first reported by ESPN.com‘s Jeff Borzello. He is expected to join the program in January as a mid-season transfer.
“So excited to continue my career at the University of Florida! It’s a great day to be a gator!” he wrote Sunday evening on his Twitter account.
Update: Rimmer was cleared to join the Gators during the first week of January and will be allowed to join practice on Thursday, Jan. 8.
Rimmer (6-foot-10, 255 pounds), a three-star prospect, eventually committed to Stanford but saw limited action with the Cardinal, playing just 69 minutes during the 2013-14 season. He scored seven points, grabbed nine boards and went 3-for-9 from the field (1-for-7 from the charity stripe) in 14 games, playing just one minute in the Sweet 16 round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Rimmer played six minutes over Stanford’s first two games of the 2014-15 campaign but has not seen the court since.
As with redshirt sophomore forward Alex Murphy, a transfer from Duke in January 2014, the Gators will look to get Rimmer eligible next fall but will likely face an uphill battle with the NCAA. He should be eligible to practice immediately, however.
UF has not announced Rimmer’s transfer or inclusion in the program.
Florida has also not yet announced its four-member 2015 recruiting class despite two players – four-star power forward Noah Dickerson (Montverde, FL) and three-star PF Kevarrius Hayes (Live Oak, FL) – having submitted their National Letters of Intent. The Gators are still waiting on a letter from four-star guard KeVaughn Allen (Little Rock, AR), who decided to not sign his NLI until the spring as Arkansas continues to push for his services. Three-star small forward Keith Stone (Deerfield Beach, FL) always planned to sign late.
Not expected to have a scholarship available (UF will be over the scholarship count after signing its class, pending defections), head coach Billy Donovan likely told Rimmer the only way he would be able to transfer is as a walk on. He could be given a scholarship at a later date if ability dictates and space allows.