Gator TE reportedly transferring to Temple

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Temple has added a late-in-the-offseason transfer pickup from the top conference in college football, the Philadelphia Daily News reported Tuesday.

Citing multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, the Philadelphia Daily News reports that tight end Colin Thompson has transferred into the Owls football program. Officials from neither Temple nor Florida, where Thompson spent the past two seasons, have confirmed the player’s addition to/departure from their respective rosters.

No reason was given for the departure, although a search for playing time would be a good place to start.

It was reported last month that Thompson would be looking to transfer to a school closer to his home in Warminster, Penn. Thompson visited Penn State before apparently opting for Temple, while Stanford, UCF and Villanova all expressed some level of interest in his services.

A four-star member of the Gators’ 2012 recruiting class, Thompson was rated as the No. 6 tight end in the country and the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Pennsylvania. He played in three games, all last seasons, during his time in Gainesville, and didn’t catch a pass in his brief UF career.

A foot injury during summer camp of his true freshman season derailed the immediate impact Thompson was expected to make.

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Florida transfer TE could be looking to play closer to home

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All has not exactly gone to plan for tight end Colin Thompson. Two years at Florida have been littered with injuries, limiting him to appear in just three games combined between the last two football seasons since committing to play for the Gators. Now the Pennsylvania native could be looking to bounce back a little closer to home.

On Friday it was reported Thompson will transfer from Florida. The previous day Thompson was reportedly visiting Penn State, one of the many schools that initially offered Thompson a scholarship during the recruiting or the Class of 2012.

Thompson was a four-star recruit out of high school according to Rivals. He ended up choosing Florida over offers from Alabama, Michigan State, South Carolina, Stanford and many more. Among those offers for Thompson were offers from Penn State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers. Vanderbilt, with James Franklin as head coach at the time, did not extend an offer according to Rivals.com.

At the time Thompson signed with Florida, Penn State had Bill O’Brien as head coach. O’Brien was often considered a master of using tight ends. How much Franklin continues that offensive mindset will be determined later on, but with the talent at the position it would make sense to think the tight ends will play a key role in the offense in 2014. With Penn State increasing the number of scholarships ahead of schedule, adding more talent when possible will be something Franklin and his staff will look forward to doing.

As for Florida, the Gators now loses two tight ends from last season (Kent Taylor left the school for Kansas in December) but the Gators will welcome Jake McGee from Virginia. McGee was Virginia’s top offensive threat in the passing game last season and should be capable of stepping right in for Florida’s anemic offense.

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