Former Florida running back Jordan Cronkrite will transfer to USF and join Charlie Strong’s Bulls after two seasons with Jim McElwain’s Gators.
With Jordan Scarlett emerging as a star tailback for the Gators and both Lamical Perine and Mark Thompson taking away carries, there wasn’t much room for Jordan Cronkrite in Gainesville.
So, he’s going to try his luck about two hours down the road in Tampa.
According to 247Sports, the former Florida running back will transfer to USF and join Charlie Strong’s Bulls.
Cronkrite spent two seasons with the Gators after signing with them as a 3-star prospect in the 2015 recruiting class. In 21 career games, he ran for 302 yards and four touchdowns on 75 carries. He also caught 26 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns.
Early last month Cronkrite visited Cincinnati, but he apparently felt the need to stay closer to home. So, he chose another program within the American Athletic Conference.
He won’t be eligible to play for USF until the 2018 season, but he will be a welcomed addition for the Bulls. They have four running backs on their 2017 roster, and two of them (D’Ernest Johnson and Darius Tice) are seniors.
USF also has sophomore Trevon Sands and redshirt-freshman Elijah Mack, but it did not sign a single running back in its 2017 recruiting class. So, Cronkrite should be able to find playing time right away in 2018.
The 5-foot-11, 205-pound tailback is a valued asset on third downs due to his ability to catch out of the backfield and even split out wide.