New developments could lead to Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire transferring to the SEC
Is Notre Dame transfer QB Malik Zaire headed to the SEC?
The Ohio native is taking advantage of the recently-trendy graduate transfer rule — which states a fifth-year senior can transfer and be instantly eligible at another school.
Zaire was slated to enroll at an institution prior to this spring — although this plan has now changed.
According to Scout.com, Zaire will delay his decision until mid-April. This in theory would enable him to transfer to an SEC school, with Florida at the top of the list.
The two top contenders were thought to be Wisconsin and North Carolina. Florida was initially not considered an option. UF reportedly cannot take a graduate transfer, due to missed academic requirements of the past graduate transfers. However, league commissioner Greg Sankey recently announced that the league could change its stance on this ruling.
Zaire is a dual-threat option — possessing a strong arm and good mobility. He played sparingly over the course of the past three years, often in a reserve role to Everett Golson and DeShone Kizer.
He was named the starter over Kizer in 2015 — before he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in the second game of the season. In the ’15 season opener versus Texas, Zaire went 19-of-22 for 313 yards and three touchdowns.