Former Kentucky offensive lineman transferring to Florida
Florida landed former Kentucky offensive lineman Kiyaunta Goodwin from the transfer portal on Tuesday.
Goodwin recently took a multi-day trip to the Swamp and quickly made his decision to join the Gators after spending just a year in Lexington. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining in Gainesville after spending most of his freshman year as a special teams blocker for Kentucky.
Goodwin checks in at 6-foot-8-inches and 351 pounds, so he’s got the size to develop into one of the dominant bodies in the SEC trenches. Florida presents plenty of opportunity for him with four of five spots on the line being up for grabs.
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Coming out of high school, Goodwin was a five-star prospect and ranked the No. 33 overall recruit in the 2022 class by 247Sports. Scouts have said that he has first-round potential, but he still has plenty of developing to do before he reaches that point.
Goodwin is the third offensive lineman to transfer to Florida this offseason along with former Alabama tackle Damieon George and Baylor guard Micah Mazzccua. Only center Kingsley Eguakun returns as a starter on the line, and tackle Austin Barber has some significant playing time too, so there’s plenty of room for all three transfers to find significant roles in the offense.
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