Florida is in a unique roster crunch this spring. However, it has not deterred the Gators from adding players out of the transfer portal.

The Gators recently hit their limit of 85 scholarship players when they added offensive lineman Jason Zandamela. However, the Gators did not stand by when former 5-star prospect and Florida native Cormani McClain became available.

According to reports, McClain was being targeted by Billy Napier’s program as a walk-on player. Such a move is expected to be possible due to the usage of NIL with Florida at its scholarship limit.

On Friday, Florida struck again for another player with former Arizona State wide receiver Elijhah Badger committing to the Gators. Badger is a veteran with 4 years of experience and was among the best receivers currently available.

Impact for Florida

Billy Napier’s program has hit the transfer portal hard this offseason, utilizing the portal to reload with some key pieces. Along with Badger, the Gators also added former Wisconsin WR Chimere Dike (a player with experience playing with Graham Mertz) in a transfer class that is ranked 5th nationally per 247 Sports.

Those two will be asked to play a large role this season with Florida losing Ricky Pearsall, the team’s leading receiver a year ago at 965 yards, to the NFL Draft.

As for Badger, he has over 1,500 yards and 10 touchdowns across the 2022-23 seasons, including a career-high 866 yards in 2022. He also served as a kick returner in 2023 with 578 yards and a 28.9 average.

Regardless of how he wound up at Florida, Badger should be a plug-and-play contributor with big-time potential for the Gators.