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Florida tight end reportedly transferring to Kansas

  • Star news services
  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at 10 a.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at 3:47 p.m.

Kent Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 224-pound sophomore tight end at Florida, is transferring to Kansas, according to JayhawkSlant.com.

Taylor was the No. 1 tight end in the class of 2012, according to Rivals.com. In addition to Florida, Taylor had offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oregon. He picked Kansas as his latest destination because of his connection to KU head coach Charlie Weis.

Taylor was recruited to Florida by Weis, who was the Gators’ offensive coordinator at the time, and played in six games in 2012, including the Sugar Bowl, where he had a TD catch against Louisville.

“I think as a tight end playing for coach Weis, there is no one better to play for,” Taylor told Jon Kirby of JayhawkSlant.com. “I think I have to take that opportunity. When he found out I was leaving, and we figured out all of the grades, and how to make it work, I was really excited.”

After news broke on Twitter, Taylor tweeted, “Couldn’t be more excited about my opportunity to go play football for the University of Kansas! #rockchalkjayhawk.”

The Land O’Lakes, Fla., native did not play in any games for Florida in 2013, but he will have to sit out a year because of NCAA transfer rules. He will be able to participate in spring football next year and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Taylor has not visited KU’s campus but plans to make a trip to Lawrence on Jan. 17.

“I’m going to take my visit, and then I’m planning on just staying there,” Taylor told Kirby.

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