Virginia's McGee may consider transfer to Florida


Virginia tight end Jake McGee is expected to consider a transfer to Florida where he'd be able to play in the fall. (Photo by The Associated Press)

Published: Friday, April 25, 2014 at 6:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

Virginia senior tight end Jake McGee received his release from the school Friday and is expected to consider a possible transfer to Florida, The Sun has learned.

McGee will graduate from Virginia at the end of this semester and will be eligible to play this season, wherever he decides to transfer.

If McGee does chose the Gators, he would fill a huge need at the “B” position (hybrid tight end/slot receiver), where UF's current players struggled with production in the spring.

McGee seems to fit the position in Kurt Roper's uptempo offense.

He's 6-foot-6, 250 pounds and is considered an excellent receiver who can stretch the field with his 4.6-second speed in the 40-yard dash. He's already been projected as a third-round NFL draft pick in 2015 by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

McGee has given no indication where he will transfer, but playing in the ACC, he's familiar with Roper's offense and how he could possibly fit in at Florida.

McGee was Virginia's leading receiver this past season with 43 receptions. For his career, he's caught 71 passes for 765 yards and seven touchdowns.

Virginia coach Mike London altered McGee's position after last season to make him a combination tight end/wide receiver to take advantage of his athletic ability.

London announced McGee's release and intention to transfer Friday. He has frequently referred to McGee as one of the Cavaliers' best players.

“I want to thank Jake for his contributions to the Virginia program and wish him the best,” London said in a statement announcing McGee's decision. “When I came to UVA, he was one of the first players we recruited because he had committed to play for me at Richmond. I am very proud of the fact he will graduate from the university this spring. I hope he finds a program that fits his desires for his final season as a college player.”

McGee was among those Virginia players most visibly upset at the end of last season, when the Cavaliers finished 2-10, and challenged his teammates to respond.

McGee is from Richmond, where he was an all-state quarterback and defensive back in high school.

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