Could Florida TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe Transfer to USC?


Florida tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe is looking to transfer after just one semester at the school according to Scout’s Bob Redman.

With brother Josh’s recent commitment to the Trojans, could a second Imatorbhebhe be headed to USC?

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Imatorbhebhe enrolled at Florida in January. He was the first commitment of the Jim McElwain era, but he apparently made the decision to transfer after spring camp revealed more depth in the tight end unit than expected.

The Gators added three tight ends in 2014, two of whom redshirted last season. This spring, sophomore DeAndre Goolsby and redshirt freshman C’yontai Lewis made big impressions. Along with projected starter Jake McGee, both seemed to sit ahead of Imatorbhebhe on the depth chart.

The 3-star was the No. 19 tight end in the nation in the class of 2015, according to the 247Sports composite average.

No doubt Trojan coaches will be aware of Imatorbhebhe’s intention to transfer having recently landed the commitment of 4-star wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, his brother.

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Given USC’s depth concerns at tight end, with Bryce Dixon dismissed from the school over a student-conduct issue, it is a no-brainer to go after the 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect.

Wherever Imatorbhebhe transfers, he will have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. If the player suspected he would be redshirted at Florida anyways, it would make sense for him to cut his losses and pursue playing time elsewhere.

USC could certainly offer him that. Both Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and Oklahoma transfer Taylor McNamara will be seniors in 2016 with Tyler Petite as the only other competition currently on scholarship.

In 2016, Imatorbhebhe would be a redshirt freshman with four years of eligibility remaining.

Whether or not USC turns out to fit him as well as it seems, remains to be seen.


Adam Maya of Rivals’ reports that Imatorbhebhe is indeed planning to transfer to USC.

If Imatorbhebhe does join the Trojans, he would count towards the 2016 class and bring USC’s total scholarship number up to 78.

Correction: Imatorbhebhe did not have an offer from USC as a high school recruit.