TWO BITS: Horford transfer, Easley Pro Day

By Adam Silverstein
April 17, 2014

1 » According to‘s Jeff Goodman, redshirt junior forward Jon Horford, a Michigan Wolverines transfer and the brother of former Florida Gators F Al Horford, is heavily considering choosing to play the final year of his collegiate career in Gainesville, FL. Jon Horford (6-foot-10, 250 pounds) will be a redshirt senior in 2014-15 and cleared to play without having to sit out a season. He registered 3.8 points and 4.2 rebounds in 13.8 minutes per game for Michigan last season and decided to transfer in order to get more playing time. That is one reason why a move to Florida was not believed to be on the table previously. Though the Gators are in need of frontcourt players, they do have freshman Chris Walker and redshirt junior Damontre Harris at center next season. Florida will also play redshirt juniors Alex Murphy (currently not scheduled to be eligible until the spring), redshirt junior Dorian Finney-Smith and incoming freshman Devin Robinson, though the latter two players will likely play small forward. Horford’s addition would fill UF’s remaining 2014-15 scholarship but not affect the allotment for 2015-16.

2 » Gators defensive tackle Dominique Easley has spent the last seven months rehabilitating his torn ACL but is finally getting the chance to show NFL teams what he can do on Thursday as he is participating in a private Pro Day at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. Joining Easley for the workout are outside linebackers Ronald Powell and Darrin Kitchens, who also participated in Florida’s first Pro Day one month earlier on March 17. Easley recently completed a visit with the Dallas Cowboys, his first private trip, and is expected to go on many more after his Pro Day workout is complete. Projections for Easley range from the second to fifth round, but he is likely to be taken on the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft as long as he can prove he’s healthy.

According to’s Jeff Barlis, Dallas attended Easley’s Pro Day workout as well. Joining the franchise were Arizona, Baltimore, Chicago, Jacksonville, Kansas City, New England, New York Giants, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Tennessee.

Extra BIT » Gators running backs coach Brian White throwing passes to Powell and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin.


  1. Dave Massey says:

    If he goes any later than the second round somebody will be getting an absolute steal. Without the knee injury he probably would have been top 15-20. It’s hard to find pass rushing defensive tackles even in the NFL.

    • Gatoralum88 says:

      “High risk, high reward” with a huge red flag but I just read 16 teams were in town for his workout so interest seems to be there. Since both of his blown ACL’s were “non-contact” injuries he’d be too much of a gamble for my money if I were a GM. Fortunately for him I’m not. I’m hoping he comes back better than ever & I wish him good luck. Go Gators!

      • Joe says:

        I think he’s only a gamble if you take him in the top 3 rounds, assuming you only have one pick in each. For teams with multiple mid round picks I consider him a low risk high reward investment. That type of explosiveness from a linemen is hard to find and quickly becoming a staple of NFL defenses.

  2. Gatoralum88 says:

    Although he’s clearly not the player Al is, I wouldn’t mind seeing Jon join the fold. While he’s not the shot-blocker Harris or Walker is, he’d be the biggest body on the team & with Kentucky seemingly (constantly) getting bigger (D. Johnson, Cauley-Stein, & now adding Towns) the Gators need more beef. Besides, what went on last November makes me a little leery of Harris. Who’s sure he won’t flake out again? Also, they could use another big man since, from a few other posts I’ve read, it’s looking like Trey Mourning is leaning more towards Georgetown or Duke than UF. Maybe (hopefully) Al’s little bro would become a more productive big man under Billy than he was in Ann Arbor. We all saw what senior leadership did this season. Time will tell.

  3. Keith says:

    Coach showed solid arm strength

  4. SC Gator says:

    Murder Bear is going to make one team very happy and a number of teams very unhappy when they line up against him.

  5. J-skool says:

    I meant to ask when Alex Murphy first announced his transfer, how does a mid-year transfer affect eligibility? Will he end up playing only the Fall semester in his final year with the team?

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