UofL top transfer option for UF's Christian?

UofL top transfer option for UF's Christian?

Louisville made a strong impression on Gerald Christian this weekend, and the former four-star tight end from Palm Beach, Florida is seriously considering transferring from Florida to UofL.

Louisville made a strong impression on Gerald Christian this weekend, and the former four-star tight end from Palm Beach, Florida is seriously considering transferring from Florida to UofL.

"Oh man, I went up there and they showed me a good time," Christian said. "I saw them practice and saw the city and I liked it. I knew all of the (coaches) from being recruited (at Florida). They left right before I came, but they were recruiting me. I knew Charlie Strong and (Vance Bedford), all of those guys."

How will Christian's previous relationship with Strong's staff play into his decision?

"It plays a lot into it because I already knew them," Christian said. "I feel more comfortable with them. I like Coach Strong a lot. He's a real passionate dude and he shows a lot of love."

Rated the No. 3 tight end nationally coming out of high school two years ago, the 6'3, 245-pound Christian caught four passes for 72 yards and a score before deciding to leave the Gators program.

"They're trying to get a tight end," Christian said. "They have a tight end but he's a senior (Josh Chichester) and they have another one and he will be a senior (Nathan Nord). I have to sit out a year so when I'm eligible they'll be kind of low at that position. They feel like I can come in and help them out and be a pass threat. They're trying to run two tight ends sometimes and they think I can come in and really help out."

After watching Big East Newcomer of the Year Teddy Bridgewater and Louisville's offense during bowl practice this weekend, Christian believes he'd thrive in Shawn Watson's west-coast offensive attack.

"I like Teddy a lot," Christian said. "I saw in practice the tight ends were in pretty much every formation and they were always running routes. I saw (Teddy) trying to get the ball to them. I like that offense a lot and I feel like I can help them."

Christian said Louisville would be a good fit on and off the field because of his prior relationship with the coaching staff, familiarity with several of Strong's players and Watson's incorporation of the tight ends into the offense. Did Louisville feel like a home away from home for Christian?

"It did," said Christian. "I already felt comfortable with Coach Strong. Some of the players like Teddy Bridgewater and those boys from Miami I already know of them and I've been talking to them. So I can relate to them. It just made me feel comfortable. I felt comfortable around everybody and it was just real cool. I just felt in place."

Will Christian enroll at Louisville next month?

"I'm not putting that out there, but I did like it a lot," Christian said.

West Virginia is also in the mix with Christian, but he said he could make a decision this week after talking over the Louisville visit with his parents. Christian has no visit scheduled with the Mountaineers. If Christian enrolls at UofL next month, he would have to sit out next season, then have two years of remaining eligibility. He could participate in spring practice with Strong's program.

"I was thinking about taking another visit but I enjoyed my visit up there," Christian said. "I'm going to talk to my parents and see what they want me to do. I like Louisville a lot. It's a possibility I could make a decision in the next few days."

Christian also indicated that his former Florida teammate, wide receiver Robert Clark, is considering the Cardinals after visiting this weekend too.

"He liked Louisville too but he wants to take some visits," Christian said. "He told me he doesn't want to make a decision just off the (UofL) visit. We would love to stick together but you have to do what's best for you."

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