Two weeks after making the decision to transfer from Virginia, tight end Jake McGee has found a landing spot. McGee, the Cavaliers’ leading receiver in 2013, will play his final season of eligibility at the University of Florida.
I will be playing my 5th year at The University of Florida. GO Gators!— Jake McGee (@JakeOvaTheWorld) May 9, 2014
As a junior, McGee led Virginia with 43 catches and 395 yards while also hauling in two touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 374 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore.
McGee graduated in May.
“I want to thank Jake for his contributions to the Virginia program and wish him the best,” Virginia coach Mike London said last month in a statement. “When I came to UVa, he was one of the first players we recruited because he had committed to play for me at Richmond. I am very proud of the fact he will graduate from the University this spring. I hope he finds a program that fits his desires for his final season as a college player.”
Virginia is coming off a disappointing 2-10 season last year, losing its last nine games. The loss of McGee, a native of Richmond, Va., is a tough blow for London’s team.
“I am very thankful for my time at UVa and I will always consider myself a Wahoo,” McGee said when the transfer was announced. “I have tremendous respect for Coach London and this football team, but I have decided to pursue my future career elsewhere. This is a personal decision and in no way should reflect on this team or its coaches.”
McGee, who will be eligible to play immediately, will be provide a nice boost for the Gators at the position. Before the addition of McGee, Florida was returning only four catches and 42 yards combined from senior tight ends Clay Burton and Tevin Westbrook.
True freshman DeAndre Goolsby, a Rivals three-star recruit, and walk-ons Bair Diamond and Isaiah Smith are also on Florida’s roster at tight end.
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