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

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.

Scout.com first reported Tuesday that Imatorbhebhe was leaving the program, a move that sources told AlligatorArmy.com 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.

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Silver Lining for May 20: Updates on Florida Gators in the NFL; farewell to David Letterman

Get them to sign on the line which is dotted

Three weeks have passed since the 2015 NFL Draft and Florida Gators have spent the time signing rich contracts to play professional football.

The most notable deal struck to this point was that between No. 3 overall pick Dante Fowler Jr. and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Despite the defensive end suffering a season-ending torn ACL in his very first NFL practice and signing an injury waiver, the Jaguars did not force offset language into his contract and still inked him to a four-year, $23.5 million fully-guaranteed deal with a $15.3 million signing bonus. Fowler will bring home $4.27 million this season without stepping foot on the field.

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Florida Gators adding two transfer quarterbacks: Josh Grady, Luke Del Rio

Already enrolled at the University of Florida for the Summer A semester, Vanderbilt graduate transfer quarterback/wide receiver Josh Grady will join the Florida Gators for the 2015 season, the school announced on Friday.

Grady (6-foot, 202 pounds) will be immediately eligible to join the Gators after playing eight games at wideout but not recording a single catch for the Commodores in 2014. He played some quarterback in 2013 but has yet to produce at either position during his collegiate career.

As a standout signal caller at Armwood High School, the Tampa native scored 38 touchdowns (14 rushing) and only threw five interceptions during his senior state title-winning season.

Grady will be just the third scholarship-holding quarterback on Florida’s roster. He will fight with redshirt junior walk-on Jacob Guy for No. 3 responsibilities behind redshirt freshman Will Grier and sophomore Treon Harris, who are battling for the starting gig.

The Gators are also reportedly planning to add sophomore undergraduate transfer QB Luke Del Rio, who will not be eligible to play at Florida until 2016. Del Rio began his career as a walk-on at Alabama in 2013 before moving to Oregon State last season.

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Florida adds JUCO RB Mark Thompson for 2016

The Florida Gators on Wednesday added an important commitment when junior college running back Mark Thompson (Wyncote, PA) agreed to join the program in 2016.

Thompson (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) was offered by the Gators in late April and chose Florida over Arizona State, Iowa and Louisville. He was previously being recruited by head coach Jim McElwain and running backs coach Tim Skipper when the duo was at Colorado State.

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Skyler Mornhinweg transfers out, Luke Del Rio ‘expected’ to join Florida Gators QB stable

During a spring Southeastern Conference teleconference held Wednesday, Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain casually announced that redshirt junior quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg has decided to transfer from the program.

Mornhinweg will join the Columbia football team after only seeing action as a spot starter for Florida in 2013. He ends his UF career having completing 69.8 percent of his passes for 344 yards with three touchdowns and one interception over the final three games of that season.

“We wish him the best. We’d love to have him stay here, but obviously as it sits, we’re right now with two scholarship quarterbacks,” McElwain said.

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Graduate transfer QB Everett Golson visited Florida Gators on Tuesday, per reports

Quarterback Everett Golson, a graduate transfer from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish who is still searching for his potential destination, visited the Florida Gators on Tuesday, according to multiple reports including one from Andy Staples of SI.com.

Florida, which has scholarships available and a thin quarterback depth chart, has been considering adding a signal caller this offseason.

Golson reportedly has a list of 10 schools he is interested in attending. That list includes Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina and UCLA, according to ESPN.com, with the Seminoles supposedly being the favorite for his services after the two parties met on Monday.

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Tim Tebow, Riley Cooper send get-well video to high school student with brain tumor

Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow and wide receiver Riley Cooper – former roommates turned teammates on the Philadelphia Eagles – sent a video message to a high school quarterback on Monday as he was preparing for brain surgery.

According to Lancaster Online, Collin “Bear” Shank was diagnosed with a one-inch brain tumor in late April after complaining of “ongoing headaches and nausea.”

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J.C. Jackson not enrolled at Florida, ‘unlikely’ to return to Gators football team

Updated on Wednesday at 12 p.m.

Florida Gators redshirt freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson, currently facing three charges of felony armed robbery, is “unlikely” to continue his football-playing career with the program, according to a Tuesday report from The Gainesville Sun‘s Robbie Andreu.

Head coach Jim McElwain announced Wednesday, three weeks after Jackson was released from jail on $150,000 bond following a plea of not guilty, that the player is no longer enrolled in school.

“He’s got a lot of things that he’s dealing with right now and right now he’s obviously dealing with those and trying to take care of certain things that he needs to,” McElwian said. “We’ll support him and help him do what he can do but right now he’s not enrolled in school and dealing with some things outside that are a lot bigger than the Florida Gators.”

This comes after he was allowed to finish his spring semester classes online.

OnlyGators.com contacted both of Jackson’s attorneys over the last week but neither would comment on his case, which is pending as Jackson awaits formal charges from the State Attorney’s Office.

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