Arizona State transfer Ricky Pearsall committed to Florida on Saturday, boosting a Gators’ receiving unit that needs experience in the slot.
The 6-foot-1 Pearsall is coming’s off a breakout junior season in which led the Sun Devils in catches (48), receiving yardage (580) and receiving touchdowns (four). His best game last season was a 132-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 42-23 win at UCLA. Pearsall took a screen pass 65 yards for one of those scores and used a double move to beat the safety on a 54-yarder.
Auburn and Oregon were the other finalists for Pearsall, who comes to Florida with two years of eligibility remaining.
A three-star recruit out of Tempe in 2019, Pearsall appeared in 30 games for Arizona State, making 61 catches for 794 yards and five touchdowns. He has 78 yards rushing on 10 career carries.
Florida coach Billy Napier discussed the potential for adding a transfer receiver throughout spring. The unit was thinned out by Jacob Copeland transferring to Maryland and three blue-chip commits — Isaiah Bond, Jayden Gibson and CJ Smith — signing elsewhere during the coaching transition from Dan Mullen.
Florida used Trent Whittemore in the slot during spring practice, a 6-foot-4 junior who also can play outside where Justin Shorter and Xzavier Henderson are the starters. Behind Whittemore in the slot are former walk-on Kahleil Jackson, Daejon Reynolds, Jordan Pouncy and converted safety Fenley Graham — a group that has two career catches.
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