Good news for the Gators receiving corps on a Sunday afternoon in January, as they have landed a former high school five-star pospect transfer from Penn State.
Nittany Lions sophomore Justin Shorter had announced in November that he was transferring from Happy Valley, PA, and on Sunday afternoon after visiting the Gators a week ago, he’s made his decision publicly known on social media:
Officially Committed🐊🐊‼️ pic.twitter.com/LmExRIf4GW
— Justin Shorter (@JustinShorter15) January 26, 2020
Shorter played sparingly for the Nittany Lions in 2019 appearing in seven games and catching only 12 passes. He caught three balls for 28 yards in the Nittany Lions lost to Ohio State. He announced the following week that he would be entering the NCAA transfer portal.
The Gators are in need of wide receiving help after losing Freddie Swain, Van Jefferson and Tyrie Cleveland to graduation this past season.
Coach Dan Mullen and offensive coordinator Billy Gonzales always seem to be able to reload. And, Florida has an incoming receiving class with Ocala four star high school prospect Jaquavion Frazairs and Texas transfer Jordan Pouncey already, as both having signed in the December in early signing period.
Back to Shorter. He was regarded as the #1 high school receiving prospect in the Northeast two years ago coming out of South Brunswick, New Jersey. And, at 6’4 with large “catch radius,” he had been viewed as a potential replacement for former Penn State, now Buccaneers, Pro Bowler, Chris Godwin.
He is a sophomore and it’s unclear if he will already be eligible for 2020 or will have to put in for a waiver with the NCAA?
Shorter and his father reportedly visited the Gainesville campus during the December “dead period” just after Christmas and while the Gators were in Miami preparing for their eventual Orange Bowl win over Virginia.
Florida has committed to QB Kyle Trask for 2020 after his success in replacing Feleipe Franks who fractured his leg in the September game in Kentucky. Franks announced last week that he was electing to transfer to Arkansas, as a graduate whom can immediately play this fall.