In a move that was looking likely for a couple weeks now, Justin Shorter made his transfer from Penn State to Florida official.
Officially Committed ‼️ pic.twitter.com/LmExRIf4GW— Justin Shorter (@JustinShorter15) January 26, 2020
Once a five-star prospect and the No. 1 ranked wide receiver in the 2018 recruiting class, Shorter’s career never really got going in Happy Valley. He battled some injuries his freshman year, only playing in three games and then taking a redshirt.
During his redshirt freshman season, many expected — or perhaps hoped is a better word — Shorter to break out, but that unfortunately didn’t happen. Shorter only played in 8 games, hauling in just 12 receptions for 137 yards. He opted to transfer following the Ohio State game, meaning he was not with the team for the Rutgers game nor the Cotton Bowl finale.
For Penn State, losing Shorter is a difficult pill to swallow. Sure, he hadn’t produced to the level many (including myself) thought he would, but his talent can’t be questioned. And with a new offensive coordinator in Kirk Ciarrocca and wide receivers coach in Taylor Stubblefield, I am sure Penn State would had hoped that those changes could have propelled Shorter’s career.
But, alas, it appears that even with the changes, a reunion wasn’t possible. Sometimes a change of scenery is needed, so here’s to the best of luck to Shorter as a Gator.