Now that we are a few weeks into the Spring semester, it should be safe to say that we won’t see any more movement until at least the summer. That means that 11 players have either transferred in or transferred out since the end of the season.
Inside the Gators’ Jake Hitt and Mark Wheeler rank the transfers on a 1-to-11 scale, combining the two lists and then counting them down from 10-to-1, based on the potential impact them arriving or departing will have on Florida during the 2022 season.
11) KAMRYN WAITES
- Points: 3
- Position: Offensive Lineman
- HT/WT: 6-foot-8, 370-lbs
- Expected role: Back-up offensive lineman
Jake’s Take (#10): The kid is huge but all he has right now is size and potential. Only three games as a freshman. The 2022 season could likely center around development.
On the Mark (#11): I ranked him last, but I can imagine a scenario where he continues to learn the game to the point that he becomes a top backup at tackle this coming season. If that is the case, he should be in the No. 6 or No. 7 range on my list. He will be interesting to follow this spring for sure.
10) GERALD MINCEY
- Points: 4
- Position: Offensive Tackle
- Team: Tennessee
Jake's Take (#11): Definitely could've made his way into a starting or reserve tackle role for the Gators. But he decided to transfer. The Gators don't really have many tackle prospects but the additions of Torrence and Waites might just offset it.
On the Mark (#9): His ranking here is in no way an attempt to write him off. It’s just that if he returned to Florida – his impact on the Gators 2022 season (which is what this feature is about) would likely have been minimal. He really only played somewhat extensively in one game (Vanderbilt) this past season, and as long as Richard Gouraige and Michael Tarquin are healthy, there wasn't going to be much room for him to make much of a contribution this coming season.
9) JALEN KIMBER
- Points: 7
- Position: Cornerback
- HT/WT: 6-foot-1, 170-lbs
- Expected role: Cornerback, nickelback, special teamer
Jake's Take (#7): Kimber threatened for a starting job on an elite Georgia defense in 2021 but injuries caught up with him. He was top 10 at his position as a recruit. However, he'll be in a room with plenty of guys at corner with Jason Marshall Jr., Jaydon Hill, Avery Helm, and Jadarrius Perkins coming back.
On the Mark (#10): After playing in just three games and contributing two tackles over his two years at Georgia, if everyone stays healthy (unrealistic, I know), he is probably looking at being the fifth or sixth cornerback in the rotation this coming season.
8) KEMORE GAMBLE
- Points: 9
- Position: Tight End
- Team: Central Florida
Jake's Take (#8): Gators lost what was a capable target in Gamble. He got a majority of the looks out of every tight end. Florida still has four tight ends on the roster, some of whom were thought well of, plus two commits at the position in Hayden Hansen and Tony Livingston.
On the Mark (#7): Florida went into the 2021 season with four tight ends on scholarship. The four of them combined for 42 catches – 31 of them were by Gamble. I don't know if that was a true reflection of how good he was, or how little the other tight ends were utilized. At the end of the day, Gamble made some big plays to go along with a handful of pretty bad drops. He was solid but doesn't come off as irreplaceable by any means.
7) JACK MILLER
- Points: 10
- Position: Quarterback
- HT/WT: 6-foot-4, 210-lbs
- Expected role: In the mix at quarterback
Jake's Take (#6): He could come in and challenge Anthony Richardson and anyone else in the spring and summer for the job. However, he hasn't played much in his college career.
On the Mark (#8): When it comes to the quarterbacks, there's only one thing I am semi-certain of — there won't be six of them on scholarship by the time fall camp rolls around. Who are the one, two, or maybe even three who go off in search of greener pastures? We won't know where Miller stands until we know who remains on the roster. If you go back to our WCC Insider from about 10 days ago, we were told that Miller surprised with how athletic he is.
6) MONTRELL JOHNSON
- Points: 12
- Position: Running Back
- HT/WT: 5-foot-10, 184-lbs
- Expected role: Back up running back
Jake's Take (#9): His value comes from having played in Napier's offense last season with plenty of success (over 800 yards in 2021). The familiarity and what seems to be the head coach's commitment to running the ball benefit him. But he'll be one of possibly five to six running backs on the roster.
On the Mark (#3): I’m probably a little more bullish than most when it comes to his potential impact next season. I’m not one of those who believes UF's current running back room is stacked. Nayquan Wright is coming off an injury and is sending out cryptic tweets that could be read that he wants a new start elsewhere. Lorenzo Lingard may be the hardest working player on the team, but he hasn't shown anything while playing for two different programs in the last three years. It wouldn’t be at all surprising if the top tandem consists of Demarkcus Bowman and Johnson by the time we are two or three games deep into the season.
5) JACOB COPELAND
- Points: 13
- Position: Wide Receiver
- Team: Maryland
Jake's Take (#5): Even with his inconsistencies, circumstances withheld, Copeland was an explosive receiver who led Florida in yards and co-led in catches. Barring any new signees or transfers, his exit leaves Florida's wide receiver room with not many options who have seen major time.
On the Mark (#6): He has all the talent in the world, but was never able to put it all together and become a standout on the field. Yes, he has produced some explosive plays, but for every one of them he made, he would have a couple of drops of what should have been routine catches. Take away the USF game, and he had a subpar type of season in 2021. If we are being honest. talent aside, this might be the biggest addition by subtraction. Though he has matured somewhat, his social media outbursts, especially his Instagram Live videos after games, left a lot to be desired as far as him buying into the team-first concept.
4) KHRIS BOGLE
- Points: 15
- Position: Defensive End
- Team: Michigan State
Jake's Take (#4): The Gators' backup pass rusher to Brenton Cox Jr. They'll have to replace a guy who made plenty of plays when spelling Cox and generating pressure.
On the Mark (#5): As long as Brenton Cox has an injury-free 2022 season, Bogle likely won't be missed all that much. However, he is an enigma of sorts in that his play on the field never seemed to result in increased playing time – though he proved to be an above-average edge rusher when given the opportunity. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him produce a double-digit sack season at Michigan State.
3) MOHAMOUD DIABATE
- Points: 18
- Position: Linebacker
- Team: Utah
Jake's Take (#2): Florida's starter alongside Ventrell Miller before transitioning to the Mike backer with Miller out. It will definitely miss a multi-year starter on defense.
On the Mark (#4): As a freshman, he looked like a future star as a rush-end. Florida, though, decided to move him to linebacker, where he produced some highlights, but his lack of consistency, especially playing the run, hurt Florida at times this past season.
2) TY’RON HOPPER
- Points: 19
- Position: Linebacker
- Team: Missouri
Jake's Take (#3): More playing time only helped Hopper last season. He seemed to really come into his own down the stretch. His departure made the linebacker room even thinner and younger. Even if it is talented.
On the Mark (#2): After reporting to Florida too skinny to be of use early on, he transformed his body, particularly over the last year and a half. When Christian Robinson took over as defensive coordinator, we started seeing what Hopper has to offer. The way he played over the last three games of the season, where he was the most dominant player on the field, was a glimpse of what is in store for the future. Unfortunately for Florida, that future will now be at an SEC East program.
1) O’CYRUS TORRENCE
- Points: 22
- Position: Right Guard
- HT/WT: 6-foot-5, 330-lbs
- Expected role: Starting right guard
Jake's Take (#1): One of the most sought-after offensive linemen in the portal. Immediately strengthens an interior line featuring Ethan White and Kingsley Eguakun. Not to mention the experience he already has under a Billy Napier and Rob Sale offense.
On the Mark (#1): The No. 1 obstacle Florida has had to overcome the last two years has been inconsistent play from the offensive line. To help solve that problem the Gators have added an impact starter, a reigning All-American to the interior of the line. He is all but a given as the starting right guard, leaving Ethan White and Josh Braun to fight it out at left guard.