Former Miami Hurricanes LB/DB Marques Gayot heading to Arkansas State

Marques Gayot has a new football home.

Gayot, who left UM in the spring, told the Post on Wednesday that Arkansas State offered him a spot as a safety, his natural position. He will sit out this fall because of NCAA transfer rules and be a redshirt junior in 2017.

Marques Gayot (left) is on his way to Arkansas State.

Marques Gayot (left) is on his way to Arkansas State.

In an interview in April, Gayot said he hoped to remain with the Hurricanes but the team would not clear him from a neck injury suffered last season. As he took classes at UM in the spring, he entertained offers from other schools. He settled on Arkansas State this week.

And if all goes according to plan, he’ll play his first home game as a member of the Red Wolves against … the Miami Hurricanes, who visit Jonesboro, Arkansas in Week 2 of the 2017 season.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Gayot, a Boynton Beach native, played in three games as a weak-side linebacker last year. He had a promising start, registering 7.0 tackles (5.0 solo), 2.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks.

However, his season ended prematurely when he collided with a teammate in practice last Sept. 23 practice and suffered a strained neck. He missed the final 10 games of the year. He played in six games as a freshman, mostly on special teams.

Gayot was the Post’s large schools defensive player of the year in 2013 as a senior at Park Vista High. He committed to Louisville before signing with Miami.

 

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