Arik Gilbert Making Another Change After Brief Stint At Florida

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Just when we thought Arik Gilbert was out of the transfer portal, he pulls us back in.

The former five-star tight end has re-entered the portal after a very brief stint with the Florida Gators. He took to social media on Sunday to announce the surprising news.

“I have decided to decommit from the university of Florida and re-enter the portal,” Gilbert tweeted out. “I will not be announcing my final decision until i am enrolled into school and on campus.”

This is a huge blow to Dan Mullen and the Gators.

After losing star tight end Kyle Pitts early to the NFL draft, Gilbert was expected to alleviate that loss. His arrival was also going to help the loss of other top pass-catching options such as Kadarius Toney and Trevon Grimes.

Now, the former No. 5 overall prospect from the 2020 class will be contributing elsewhere.

Where? Who knows, this is the strangest recruiting development since Bru McCoy. It’s possible he ends up with Kirby Smart in Athens, or maybe he’ll head to Tuscaloosa with Nick Saban. At this point, he could even end up outside the SEC.

Stay tuned, I guess.

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Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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  1. Kid has grades issues. That was what started in Baton Rouge and found it’s way to the swamp. He was looking at sitting out a year now, either way. He may very well have to drop a division if he is so hard for playing.

    • He will have to leave the SEC if he wants to play this year. Sounds like SEC won’t make an exception, despite the COVID rules. My money is on Miami or UCF. Miami has a spot to fill with Jordan leaving. Also, sounds like this guy may be more of a liability/distracting than an asset.

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