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.