The Florida Gators added a much-needed player when Mason Halter, a 6-8 offensive lineman from Fordham University, announced on Twitter that he would be attending the University of Florida as a graduate transfer, eligible immediately in 2015.
“On the 23rd of June I will be heading down to the University of Florida to start my Masters degree and fulfill my last year of eligibility playing as a Gator,” Halter wrote on his Instagram. “Can’t thank the Fordham coaching staff and all my teammates over the years for molding me into the player I am today! Can’t wait to get down to Florida and start grinding with the team.”
Halter is originally from Hinckley, Ohio where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball at St. Ignatius High School before going to Fordham.
Halter was a two-time FCS All-American and a three-year starter for the Rams. He played left tackle at Fordham but with sophomore David Sharpe at left tackle; expect the Gators to look at Halter to replace Rod Johnson at right tackle this season.
The Gators exited spring practice with just six healthy offensive linemen after Rod Johnson’s injury. Freshman Tyler Jordan has already enrolled on campus and is working out with the team and senior Trip Thurman should be healthy for this fall, but getting a player with experience, who could potentially step in right away and play is huge for Coach Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators football program.