NCAA approves transfer waiver to Florida, Shorter announces

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Former Penn State wide receiver Justin Shorter had his NCAA waiver approved to transfer to Florida, Shorter announced on social media Thursday night.

It took a while, but wide receiver Justin Shorter announced on social media Thursday night that his transfer from Penn State to Florida has been approved by the NCAA.

"Finally Got the waiver... go time," Shorter posted on Instagram.

The transfer exemption makes the former five-star recruit eligible to play for the Gators this season. He made the decision to transfer in January.

In two seasons at Penn State, Shorter (6-foot-4, 226 pounds) caught just 15 passes for 157 yards and no touchdowns.

Shorter gives the Gators added depth in a talented receiver room that includes seniors Trevon Grimes, Kadarius Toney and Rick Wells along with redshirt sophomore Jacob Copeland. The Gators also have redshirt freshmen Ja'Markis Weston and Trent Whittemore and true freshmen Xzavier Henderson and Jaquavion Fraziars. And Florida is still awaiting word on the eligibility of Texas transfer Jordan Pouncey.

"The great thing, you have a veteran guy like Justin Shorter doing an unbelievable job,” UF coach Dan Mullen said last month. “He was there kind of leading the way. It was great for him, great adjustment for him being an older, veteran guy getting in there while those guys were gone and really showed what he can do."