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Florida defensive end Justus Reed to transfer

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The little-used reserve was part of Florida’s 2014 recruiting class.

NCAA Football: New Mexico State at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators redshirt sophomore defensive end Justus Reed will transfer from the school, he announced on Thursday via a tweet.

Reed writes that “after talking it over with my family,” it is “in my best interest” to “transfer and try to find a new home for the next few years.”

After signing with Florida in 2014 and redshirting that fall, Reed played sparingly as a Gator, appearing in a total of 11 games over the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Nine of those appearances came in 2015, when he recorded nine tackles, two tackles for loss, and a sack — which came in Florida’s opener against New Mexico State, and would be the only one of his Gators career.

Reed saw the field just three times in 2016, recording only two quarterback hurries, and did not play after October began.

Reed did not figure to be more than a reserve on the 2017 Florida defense, with a slew of younger — and bigger — defensive ends likely to take the majority of snaps for Randy Shannon’s unit.

Reed should have two seasons of eligibility remaining, and two years to use them — unless his 2014 redshirt season can be classified as a medical redshirt year via NCAA waiver.