Florida football: Gators to get OV from Western Kentucky DB in transfer portal

Florida is in on Kendrick Simpkins, who was a defensive force in C-USA

MTSU running back Joe Ervin (21) runs the ball as Western defensive back Kendrick Simpkins (16)
MTSU running back Joe Ervin (21) runs the ball as Western defensive back Kendrick Simpkins (16) / HELEN COMER/The Daily News Journal / USA
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Florida football is getting set to host a pair of difference making DBs in the transfer portal on January 3rd in an effort to bolster up their secondary.

We've already written about Jaden Voisin, the South Alabama transfer who was the first to confirm his visit that weekend.

Now, Western Kentucky transfer Kendrick Simpkins is also locked in to visit on the 3rd, after receiving an offer from the Gators yesterday.

With two years of eligibility left, Simpkins would be a big pick up for Will Harris and the Gators' secondary.

Florida football: Violence from the secondary

Simpkins plays in the backend of the defense, but some of his stats would make you think he's a linebacker.

Over the past two season of him being a consistent starter for the Hilltoppers, he has 6.5 sacks and five forced fumbles, which you don't see very often from guys in the secondary.

He's also totaled 94 tackles, three pass deflections, and an interception over that span.

At 6'0''-196, he doesn't have a big, bulky build that would suggest he's as physical and violent as he has proven to be. That makes Will Harris and the Gators very excited about the type of player he can become with even more weight on his frame and the benefit of an SEC S&C program.

Billy Napier knows the importance of adding talent to this Gators' roster ahead of their 2024 season, as Florida has the toughest schedule in the country.

With that in mind, Billy will be putting the full court press on both Simpkins and Voisin next weekend, and will try to not let them leave without committing to the Gators for next fall.