Florida lands former five-star transfer running back from Miami; former Buchholz standout also transfers in

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Former Miami running back Lorenzo Lingard says he's transferring to UF. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

 Former University of Miami running back Lorenzo Lingard, a five-star prospect coming out of high school, is transferring to Florida, he announced Friday on Twitter.

 “I am truly blessed and thankful to be a Gator,” the 6-foot-, 202-pound Lingard posted. “The people who made this possible have changed my life. I am ready to do whatever it takes to become the best Gator as a team player and student athlete. I know my Dad is excited for this. I want to maximize everything.”

 Lingard, rated the No. 1 running back prospect in the country coming out of high school by 247 Sports, started six games for the Hurricanes as a true freshman in 2018, rushing for 136 and two touchdowns before sustaining a serious knee injury that ended his season.

 He played in only two games this past season and entered the transfer portal last week. He will be a redshirt sophomore in 2020, but will need a waiver from the NCAA to be eligible or he has to sit out the season. Along with the Gators, Lingard also considered Ohio State and Central Florida.

 UF also picked up a transfer from UCLA on Friday — former Buchhoz outside linebacker Noah Keeter, who will enroll at Florida as a preferred walk-on.

 Keeter enrolled at UCLA last June and will be a redshirt freshman in 2020. At Buchholz, the 6-5, 218-pound Keeter had 179 career tackles, 22.5 sacks and an interception.

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  1. So where are all the Chicken Littles with their “the glass is half empty” now because UF didn’t take any running backs or receivers in round one? It ain’t over until CDM says it is over and the Fat Lady sings!! Go Gators! Chomp, Chomp! Just keep controlling the state so we can control Florida’s talented players to come to UF and not FSU, UM or out of state. WELL DONE CDM AND STAFF!!!

    • Ha! They’re saying, “A 5-star? At Florida? No way!”.

      Tell you what, Dirt…..I’m less focused on his 2018 ranking than I am on, assuming his rehab is 100% by now or soon will be, what this young man can do for the Gator offense. I think it’s fair to say he will be great!

          • I thought the traditional post release relaxation was a cigarette. As in, “Five star?!!!, Oh, oh, oh (insert name of deity of choice here), oh, oh (insert name of deity of choice here), ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

            And then you spark up a Marlboro.

            Or at least that’s what I’ve seen in the moving pictures.

          • I haven’t been to a piture show in a long time, but by gum, I do remember that! But at what point does one turn one’s head while exhaling and say, “Hotdamn baby, that’s what I’m talking about!”?

      • Goes to prove 6 that if CDM “builds it they will come!” I mean the 5-stars.

        However, this kid had “an advantage” over other highly rated recruits in FL that STILL give serious consideration to the Canes and Semis. He actually wasted two priceless seasons of his college eligibility playing in that dumpster fire down in Miami. Hopefully, fewer FL recruits will make that mistake going forward, now that the difference in the 3 programs is more evident.

      • G-6, I agree with you. Never have been hung up on stars. Driskel was 5 star and Trask a 3 star, which one has produced. HOWEVER, I do get tired of all the cry babies whining we don’t get any five stars or UF can’t recruit any running backs. My point is CDM and staff have a lot more going on than we know about and the recruiting is not over yet so until the Fat lady signs. Have a little faith baby, we are in good hands with CDM and a few more players in the right spot and look out, UF will be in position to make a run at the East.

  2. Very good news on both accounts – we did not land E J Smith (I understand his decision), so HC Mullen needed to fill the empty RB slot and did so with the top RB in the 2018 class. Great news about the Bucholtz linebacker as well – we need depth at LB and this young man will be a very good asset. GO GATORS!!!

  3. EMMETT WAS VERY PROUD OF HIS SON’S DECISION, SAYING HE HAD TO CHOOSE HIS OWN PATH. At Stanford, he won’t be compared to his father for his playing performances. At Florida, he would always be ‘Emmett’s son.’ Sound decision. And I don’t think CDM is finished with getting 5-star recruits to come to Gainesville. He now has 2 (or 3?) and the doors are wide open.