Florida football is starting to sort through the transfer portal and identify the players that they want to go after in this cycle.
With Ricky Pearsall moving on, the Gators are in need of a veteran presence in the wide receiver room who can help anchor their passing game.
Raylen Sharpe, a transfer from Missouri State, has heard from the Gators, as reported by Jacob Rudner of Swamp247.
Sharpe is a burner in the open field and was Missouri State’s top receiver this season, and would be a solid get for Billy Napier out of the portal.
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Say what you will about the level of competition in the Missouri Valley Conference, but Raylen was a weapon for the Bears during his time there.
In ten games this season he caught 73 passes for 991 yards and seven touchdowns, leading the team.
He had six games where he eclipsed the 100-yard mark, and a pair of multi-touchdown outings as well.
At 5’9”-172, Sharpe isn’t the guy you lob a jump ball to in the hopes that he will out-muscle the DB and come down with it.
He’s the guy that you look at and say, “run”, and then watch him work his magic.
Before his time at Missouri State, he ran track for the Houston Cougars, where he took part in hurdling events.
Everything about Raylen screams freaky athlete, and he has the speed and agility that will play very well in the SEC.
A member of the class of 2020, Sharpe was a three-star player who was ranked outside of the top 1500 overall players.
His small stature likely hurt his recruiting profile, but now that he’s shown how dangerous he is down the field, he has a lot of eyes on him.
Raylen could be an early transfer portal win for Napier and the Gators.