Florida has added Vanderbilt graduate transfer quarterback/wide receiver Josh Grady, as reported by Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports and confirmed by the school, adding another live body to a position where the Gators desperately need depth. And the Gators will eventually add Oregon State quarterback Luke Del Rio, as well, according to a report by The Oregonian's Connor Letourneau.
Grady hails from Florida stronghold Armwood High, and was rated a three-star dual-threat quarterback in the 2011 class when he picked the Commodores. He is four years removed from that rating, though — and he never truly cracked Vanderbilt's quarterback rotation, despite significant turnover at the position during his time in Nashville, eventually switching positions to wide receiver for the 2014 season.
Even that didn't really get Grady on the field: He recorded zero receptions last season, and his only statistical contribution to Vandy was an incomplete pass against Tennessee. Add that to his 2-for-6 performance over two brief outings in 2013, and Grady finished his Vanderbilt career with seven collegiate pass attempts. (We should all be grateful he did not manage to attempt and complete one more pass at some point.)
Still, Grady, who will eligible immediately, represents an upgrade on Florida's depth behind Will Grier and Treon Harris. The transfer of Skyler Mornhinweg to Columbia, announced earlier this week, left Florida with just two scholarship quarterbacks, and a bad game of injury luck behind a painfully inexperienced offensive line from inserting walk-on Jacob Guy at quarterback.
And if Florida adds Del Rio, as was expected before it was reported, speculation will turn to whether Del Rio will be granted immediate eligibility via an NCAA waiver. Del Rio certainly projects to be a more meaningful part of Florida's quarterback mix down the line than Grady does, but he's been on one of the most bizarre trips through college football in recent memory. Del Rio, the son of Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, originally committed to Oklahoma State in 2012, but walked on at Alabama in 2013 instead. After a season in Tuscaloosa, he transferred to Oregon State in 2014, and was granted an NCAA waiver to be immediately eligible for the Beavers.
But after throwing just 18 passes in mop-up duty behind senior starter Sean Mannion in 2014, Del Rio emerged as a possible starter in Oregon State's quarterback competition this spring. And yet he is now reportedly headed to Florida, where he will reunite with former Oregon State offensive coordinator John Garrett (brother of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett), now a Florida quality control coach.
To recap: The son of an NFL head coach is following the brother of another NFL head coach to Florida ... and taking a spot vacated in part by the transfer of the son of another former NFL head coach. Football is weird, man.
Expecting Del Rio to get a second NCAA waiver for immediate eligibility would be folly, unless there's some unknown trauma in his life to justify it, so he would likely arrive with two years of eligibility beginning in 2016. And if that's the case, Florida's a little better inured against catastrophe at quarterback in 2015, 2016, and 2017 — even with a potential transfer by the loser of the Grier-Harris quarterback battle still looming as a possibility — as it was at the beginning of this week.
Florida nabbing two transfers who profile as reserves isn't as big a win as landing former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson would be. It doesn't fix Florida's recruiting quandary at the position. But it's something.
And something is better than a question mark.