The Florida Gators picked up a big transfer on Friday morning and it comes from an instate rival.
Running back Lorenzo Lingard (6-0, 190) announced on his Instagram that he’s transferring from Miami to Florida after redshirting for the Hurricanes in 2019.
“Lord knows, committed,” Lingard posted on his instagram on Friday.
Lingard told the Daytona Beach News-Journal on Sunday that his father had some health concerns and that he would pursue a hardship waiver in order to play in 2020.
The former Gatorade player of the year in Florida played in just two games for the Hurricanes in 2018 and didn’t see any action in 2019 as he recovered from a knee injury.
Lingard was once a top 25 player in the country coming out of high school where he accounted for 4,831 yards and 67 touchdowns and offers from most of the SEC and top programs in the country.
The running back now joins an impressive running back room at Florida that returns Dameon Pierce, Malik Davis, Iverson Clement and Nay’Quan Wright but only Pierce and Davis has seen significant playing time for the Gators.
The Gators are still pursing several running back in the class of 2020 but with the addition of Lingard the need for a running back becomes less of a need for the coaching staff.
One other big positive for the Gators in adding Lingard is that his cousin is top ranked safety target Avantae Williams who the Gators are trying to get in the class of 2020 as they battle Georgia and Ole Miss.