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Five-star back Lorenzo Lingard transfers from Miami to Florida

Lorenzo Lingard would be the second five-star talent Dan Mullen has landed through the transfer portal.
Miami running back Lorenzo Lingard (1) runs during the second half of an NCAA college football game against FIU, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami won 31-17. [LYNNE SLADKY | AP]

Former Miami running back and five-star recruit Lorenzo Lingard has orally committed to transfer to Florida.

The 6-foot, 202-pound Orange City native was among the nation’s top prospects in the 2018 class; 247Sports composite rankings listed him as the country’s No. 2 running back and the best signee in Miami’s top-10 class. He was also a U.S. Army All-American.

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I am extremely blessed with the opportunity to maximize my education and athletics at the University of Florida. I asked god to show me what’s best for me he showed me The 🐊 all year long , I am very thankful for the helping hands it took to get me to become a Gator and closer to my family. I will never forget what the University of Miami has taught me,Jeff Ruiz and the training staff along with the strength staff that have worked 24/7 to get me back to myself again. I will do whatever it takes to become the Best damn gator as a team player and student athlete. Thank you Coach Dan Mullen and Greg Knox you have a player ready to come in and earn everything Thank GOD🙏🏾🐊🐊🐊🐊🐊CHOMP! CHOMP! @gatorsfb @floridagators

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He scored two touchdowns and rushed for 136 yards in six games as a true freshman before being sidelined by a leg injury. He appeared in only two games last season.

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Lingard is a huge boost for coach Dan Mullen’s roster. He would be only the second five-star prospect Mullen has landed. The other was also a transfer (ex-Georgia linebacker Brenton Cox).

UF loses NFL-bound Lamical Perine, who led the team in rushing each of the last three seasons.