Louisville adds Florida transfers

Gerald Christian, a four-star tight end, told InsideTheVille.com that he is transferring from Florida to Louisville, along with teammate Robert Clark. Christian spoke to InsideTheVille.com about starting anew at Louisville.

Gerald Christian told InsideTheVille.com Wednesday afternoon that he will transfer from Florida to Louisville and enroll at UofL January 9, along with former Gator teammate Robert Clark.

"I'm going to Louisville and enrolling January 9th," Christian said. "Coach Strong and the staff was really happy after I told them I was coming up there to help the team. He said he's glad I'm going to join the team."

Christian, who was recruited at Florida by Louisville coaches Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford, chose Louisville because of his comfort level with Strong's coaching staff, his familiarity with several of Louisville's players from his home state, and the ability to make an on-field impact for the Cardinals.

"It was mostly all of those reasons," Christian said. "I felt comfortable with the coaches and I feel I can go up there and play. I feel good about it and I'm ready to go up there and start school."

Christian played in four games this season for Florida, catching four passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. Rated the No. 3 tight end prospect coming out of Palm Beach Dwyer, Louisville assistant Shawn Watson believes the 6'3, 245-pound Christian, who runs a 4.7 forty, can make a big impact on the Cardinals offense.

"He feels I'm somebody who can help out a lot and be a deep threat and push the safety," said Christian. "They believe I can run a seam route and help stretch the field vertically."

Christian left Florida looking for more playing time and is eager to start over at UofL.

"I'm just going in there and busting my butt," Christian said. "I'm going to go in there and work hard and prove myself."

Christian will be joined at Louisville by former Florida teammate Robert Clark. InsideTheVille.com broke the news about Clark's decision over the weekend. The 5'10, 175-pound Clark caught 7 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown for the Gators.

"It makes you feel comfortable to have him to motivate me and we can push each other," Christian said.

Christian and Clark will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and have two years remaining eligibility to play for Louisville.

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