It's finally, officially official: Malik Zaire has joined the Florida Gators.
UF formally announced the addition of the graduate transfer quarterback from Notre Dame on Monday, the first day of classes in the school's Summer B session.
The move has been in the works for weeks and became possible after the SEC changed its graduate transfer policies at this month's spring meetings in Destin.
Zaire showed flashes of success during his time with the Fighting Irish. His 96 rushing yards and two total touchdowns helped Notre Dame beat LSU in the 2014 Music City Bowl. He also lit up Texas for 313 passing yards and three touchdowns in the 2015 season opener.
But the 6-foot, 225-pound lefty didn't do much beyond that. He injured his ankle in Week 2 of 2015 and lost a battle for the starting job to DeShone Kizer last fall.
His career numbers at Notre Dame: 816 passing yards, six touchdowns and a 59.2 completion percentage, plus 72 rushes for 324 yards.
Zaire will be expected to compete against redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks for the starting job when the Gators open the season Sept. 2 against Michigan. Franks, a former four-star recruit, was the leader after spring practice but has never played in a college game.
UF coaches also haven't ruled out returning to last year's Week 1 starter, Luke Del Rio. Del Rio is recovering from offseason surgeries to both shoulders.
If you missed it earlier, here are five things you need to know about Zaire.
Also Monday, UF announced the addition of former Plant High offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen. The former four-star recruit started nine games at Clemson over the past two seasons before deciding to transfer. He must sit out this season because of NCAA transfer policies.