SEC rule change could pave way for Malik Zaire to make final decision

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 30: Malik Zaire #8 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs for a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 30, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 30: Malik Zaire #8 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs for a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 30, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Notre Dame football graduate transfer Malik Zaire, a former Alter High standout, hasn’t announced where he will continue his career yet, but it could be a matter of time.

That’s because news broke Friday indicating the SEC has altered a rule that was preventing Florida from accepting graduate transfers this year.

Previous reports have linked Zaire to the Gators as well as Texas, Wisconsin and Harvard.

Last month, he told this media organization he was waiting for some things to clear up" before finalizing his decision.

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The Austin American-Statesman reports Texas is most likely out.

In April, Rivals.com reported Zaire was being courted by former Ohio State assistant Tim Beck, now the offensive coordinator for new Longhorns head coach Tom Herman (who also formerly coached for the Buckeyes).

Zaire began the 2015 season as the Irish starting quarterback, but a broken ankle ended his season prematurely.

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DeShone Kizer starred in his place, and the two were set to share quarterback duties last season before Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly ultimately settled on primarily using Kizer as his signal caller.

Now both have left South Bend with Kizer entering the NFL draft and being taken in the second round by the Cleveland Browns.

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