Transferring Notre Dame QB Malik Zaire was reportedly down to Wisconsin and North Carolina as his choices for his next school, but it now looks like it could be a while before a decision is made.
And neither the Badgers nor the Tar Heels could end up with his services.
Pete Sampson of Irish Illustrated and the Scout.com network reported Wednesday night that Zaire will wait until after spring practice before announcing his new home in mid-April. Zaire had reportedly planned to enroll early at his new school, but he will now spend spring with no team. Scout.com also hinted that the delay could open the door to an SEC school, most likely Florida, entering the conversation.
Malik Zaire has delayed his graduate transfer decision until mid-April. Could the SEC be in his future? https://t.co/qYCynfZQ7W
— Scout Recruiting (@scoutrecruiting) December 29, 2016
Sampson also reiterated earlier reports that Florida cannot currently take on graduate transfers because such transfers in the past failed to meet academic requirements in Gainesville. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey recently told reporters that the league could soften its rules. Zaire might be waiting to see that ruling rather than just pick now.
If that doesn’t happen, Zaire can still fall back to his previous choices of Wisconsin and North Carolina, but that would mean he essentially lost a full semester of potential practice with his new team. Picking Wisconsin would put Zaire in competition with Alex Hornibrook, a redshirt freshman this season, for the starting quarterback position come next season.