Craig Shemon & Company

Craig Shemon & Company

Craig Shemon & Company

(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Billy Napier and the Florida Gators are at a cross roads as they enter the offseason. A late season home loss to Arkansas kept the Gators out of a bowl game. And with a difficult 2024 schedule the Gators could use all the extra practice time possible. There is little doubt the Gators will look different next season, and that might not be such a bad thing. The Florida Gators transfer portal activity is pretty one sided at this points. There are 16 players from last year’s team that are at least looking at other options for their future. Look for the Florida Gators transfer portal activity to start bringing some players to Gainesville.

However one big name that announced his return early is 2023 transfer Graham Mertz. He is not the greatest quarterback in Gators history. But he should be able serve as a bridge QB until incoming Freshman Quarterback DJ Lagway is ready for the bright lights. Lagway is not the only 5-star the Gators have a verbal commitment from. Defensive lineman LJ McCray and Safety Xavier Filsaime are 4/5-star recruits depending on what service you are looking at. The Gators are still working with a top 5-10 class according to most of the recruiting outlets. But that is not going to equal wins in 2024 for Billy Napier. The Florida Gators transfer portal activity has got to start bringing some more game changing talents into the fold. Florida will need to utilize the transfer portal this offseason if Billy Napier and crew want to see the fruits of their labor that is the 2024 recruiting class.

  • Notable Outgoings

    Florida Gators Transfer Portal

    (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

    • EDGE Princely Umanmielen (UF –> Ole Miss)
    • RB Treavor Etienne (UF –> ?)
    • S Kamari Wilson (UF –> Arizona State)
    • S Jadarrius Perkins (UF –> ?)
    • OT Kiyaunta Goodwin (UF –> ?)
    • QB Max Brown (UF–> Charlotte)
    • TE Jonathan Odom (UF –> Eastern Michigan)
    • OL Jalen Farmer (UF –> ?)
    • DL Chris McClellan (UF –> ?)
    • DL Will Norman (UF –> ?)
    • WR Caleb Douglas UF –> Texas Tech)
  • Incoming: EDGE Brien Taylor Jr. (JUCO)

    This looks like a huge recruiting win for Billy Napier. It’s always a good thing when you can beat out UGA and Tennessee for an elite prospect. Taylor should be able to fill the void left by Princley Umanmielen.

  • Incoming: OT Brandon Crenshaw-Dickson (San Diego State)

    I do not know a ton about Crenshaw0Dickson, but I do know that the Gators can use all the help on the offensive line possible. As seen on the departures list, the Gators need to replace a couple of players on the offensive line of scrimmage.

  • Incoming: DL Joey Slackman (Penn)

    Huge win in the portal for the Gators. Slackman is the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. On3 had Slackman as the #15 recruit in the portal.

  • Incoming: S Trikweze Bridges (Oregon)

    Trikweze shows up in Gainesville with Power-5 experience under his belt after spending the last four seasons with the Ducks. These are the underrated types of moves in the portal. Not going to get a bunch of headlines, but it will make the Gators a better team.

Sign me up for the ESPN Southwest Florida email newsletter!

You love listening to ESPN Southwest Florida, now make sure you’re getting all the extra perks. Sign up today to be an ESPN Southwest Florida Insider!

By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.