Report: Florida coaching staff has been in contact with former 5-star QB Jarrett Stidham – SECcountry.com
Given how Luke Del Rio and Austin Appleby have performed this season, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Florida Gators are looking to upgrade it’s quarterback position. And the Gators have focused in on yet another transfer quarterback.
Per Luke Stampini of 247Sports, the Florida Gators coaching staff has contacted former Baylor quarterback Jarrett Stidham about playing for the Gators.
Stidham, a former 5-star recruit, left Baylor after the school fired head coach Art Briles. Stidham is expected to make a decision in December and enroll in January. Per the report, Florida would like to get an in-home visit with the Texas native as well as an official visit before his decision.
The Gators aren’t the only SEC team hoping to secure the services of Stidham, as both Texas A&M and Auburn are pursuing the quarterback. It was previously reported that Texas A&M was the favorite to land Stidham, but that was before the Aggies 1-3 finish to the season.
Del Rio and Appleby also transferred to Florida before starting for the Gators. Del Rio came from Oregon State, while Appleby left Purdue. The two quarterbacks combined to go 8-3 in the regular season and lead Florida to an SEC East title. But the Gators have struggled on offense, as Florida did not convert a single third down against Florida State on Saturday night.
Florida also has freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask on the roster. The Gators take on No. 1 Alabama on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. in Atlanta.