LSU TE Arik Gilbert transferring to Florida


Arik Gilbert is switching divisions within the SEC.

The LSU tight finish stated Sunday that he can be transferring to Florida. He’s an enormous addition to a Gators group trying to exchange All-American tight finish Kyle Pitts in 2021.

Gilbert was a five-star recruit within the class of 2020. At 6-5 and 250 kilos he was the No. 1 tight finish in final 12 months’s recruiting class and ranked because the No. 9 recruit in your complete nation in line with Rivals.

Gilbert made a right away influence at LSU too. He had 35 catches for 368 yards and two touchdowns throughout eight video games. He didn’t play in LSU’s final two video games of the season after he opted out and rumors swirled that he was exploring a switch

LSU tight end Arik Gilbert celebrates after scoring during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Missouri Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Arik Gilbert is heading to Florida. (AP Photograph/L.G. Patterson)

Florida is reloading on offense

Assuming he’s instantly eligible, Gilbert ought to step in instantly as Florida’s beginning tight finish. The Gators had a fantastic recruiting pitch for Gilbert in Pitts because the junior was unstoppable in 2020. Pitts had 43 catches for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in simply eight video games final season. He suffered a concussion in opposition to Georgia and opted out of the Cotton Bowl to organize for the NFL draft.

With Gilbert within the fold, Florida (8-4 in 2020) has one much less fear on an offense that should exchange Pitts, QB Kyle Trask and WR Kadarius Toney in 2021. The Gators ought to as soon as once more be one of many groups to beat within the SEC East however are in search of QB Emory Jones (or another person) to step up and seize the QB job forward of subsequent season.

Gilbert may also get an opportunity to play his outdated group too. Florida and LSU are annual cross-division rivals within the SEC and their 2021 matchup is scheduled for Oct. 16.

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