Florida football: OL Micah Mazzccua deletes transfer tweet, will reportedly remain with Gators

By OnlyGators.com Staff
March 23, 2023
Florida football: OL Micah Mazzccua deletes transfer tweet, will reportedly remain with Gators

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The Florida Gators appeared to address one of the program’s biggest roster needs in January when Baylor offensive lineman Micah Mazzccua committed to the program with three years of eligibility remaining. However, Thursday night, just days after beginning spring practice and only two months after joining the program, Mazzccua tweeted that he would reenter the transfer portal.

“Appreciate Coach [Billy] Napier and his staff but I feel it’s best for me to put myself back in the portal,” Mazzccua wrote with a heart emoji.

By Friday morning, that tweet was deleted, and it appears cooler heads have prevailed with Mazzccua planning to remain with the Gators — at least for now — according to multiple reports.

The NCAA last season created transfer portal windows; one opens at the end of the regular season with the other open May 1 after most teams have concluded spring practice. By announcing his intent to transfer on March 23, Mazzccua would have been sticking himself in limbo.

Whether he will ultimately decide to leave the program in May remains to be seen.

If Mazzccua was to seek a new destination, he would likely have to sit out a year, per NCAA rules, unless receiving a waiver from the organization.

Mazzccua, a former three-star prospect from the Class of 2020, started the last two years at guard for the Bears and primarily played on the left side. The 6-foot-5, 331-pound lineman is expected to start inside for the Gators, which beat out Auburn and Nebraska for his services out of the portal this offseason.

He is the fourth-highest rated member of Florida’s transfer class, ranking 138th overall among players available in the portal, according to 247Sports. To this point, Mazzccua had impressed those in attendance at the Gators’ spring practices.

Napier put a premium on targeting transfers with multiple years of eligibility remaining, and Mazzccua certainly fit that bill. Upon enrolling at Florida, the lineman undoubtedly saw the success O’Cyrus Torrence had in a single season at Florida being taught by offensive coordinator Rob Sale and assistant offensive line coach Darnell Stapleton.

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