Jake McGee was the leading receiver at Virginia in 2013, but the talented tight end has decided to spend his final college campaign at Florida.
The 6'6", 250-pound playmaker announced his decision to transfer last month, though his ultimate destination remained unknown. He revealed those plans Friday afternoon:
I will be playing my 5th year at The University of Florida. GO Gators!— Jake McGee (@JakeOvaTheWorld) May 9, 2014
The rising redshirt senior graduates from Virginia this week so he is immediately eligible for game action this fall. Florida head coach Will Muschamp acquires a new weapon for his offensive attack, adding a player who appeared on the 2013 Athlon Sports preseason All-ACC second team.
The Gators have struggled to replace Jordan Reed at tight end, creating an immediate need for a player of McGee's caliber. He told Scott Carter of GatorZone.com that he admired first-year Florida offensive coordinator Kurt Roper's game plan from afar when Virginia played Duke.
Their offense, being on the other side, was sort of fun to watch. They did a lot of cool things and really did a lot with the tight end position that excites me as a player. There’s a lot of versatility with the position to create mismatches and be allowed to do all sorts of different things.
That allure helped lead him to The Swamp. He is expected to start his new collegiate football chapter next week:
Have confirmed that Virginia tight end Jake McGee is transferring to Florida. He will start classes at UF on Monday.— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) May 9, 2014
McGee developed a reputation as a go-to target in key situations during his time at Virginia. According to his Cavaliers bio, 26 of his 43 receptions last season resulted in a first down or touchdown.
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He converted third-down plays on 14 of those catches. Expect Florida to view him as a crucial cog in its offensive scheme as Roper continues to install his system this summer.
The Gators bring in a battle-tested tight end who is clocked at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash, per Gainesville Sun reporter Robbie Andreu.
His presence has plenty of potential to reinvigorate Florida's aerial attack. The latest roster addition could prove to be Muschamp's most impactful pickup of the offseason.
McGee led the Cavaliers with 43 receptions for 395 yards and two touchdowns as a junior. He caught 71 passes for 769 yards and seven touchdowns at Virginia.
His NFL stock is already solid and McGee will have a chance to improve upon it this season. ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. projects him to be a third-round pick next spring, according to The Gainesville Sun.