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Malik Zaire tells reporters he's joining Florida Gators

Malik Zaire told FoxSports' Bruce Feldman and 247Sports' Luke Stampini late Saturday night he is headed to Florida.

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Malik Zaire told FoxSports' Bruce Feldman and 247Sports' Luke Stampini late Saturday night he is headed to Florida.

One of the worst kept secrets in college football is out.

Malik Zaire is headed to Florida.

That's what the former Notre Dame quarterback told FoxSports' Bruce Feldman and 247Sports' Luke Stampini late Saturday night.

"I am going to embrace that challenge and I'm very eager to get down there," Zaire told Feldman.

According to those reports, Zaire will be in Gainesville on Wednesday to "see everything and tour everything and set some stuff up," as he told 247Sports. "Just try to engrain myself on being a Gator."

At Notre Dame, the 6-foot, 225-pound lefty completed 58 of his 98 passing attempts for 816 yards, six touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed 72 times for 324 yards and two scores.

Our intern (and Golden Domer) Daniel O'Boyle wrote what you need to know about Zaire.

Zaire will be eligible immediately as a grad transfer. He's able to attend UF after the SEC changed its grad transfer rules Friday at the end of its spring meetings in Destin.

UF coach Jim McElwain said after the rule change that their "phone has been ringing off the hook" because there's "a lot of interest in the Gators." He didn't specifically mention Zaire.

The move is still not yet official, but an announcement from UF could come later this month. The school's Summer B session starts June 26. 

[Last modified: Sunday, June 4, 2017 11:14am]

    

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