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  The numbers don't accurately convey Ricky Pearsall's worth. Not the 48 catches last season at Arizona State. Not the three stars assigned to his high school recruiting ranking. Certainly not the clunky 4.65 time he posted at a camp several years ago. On Wednesday afternoon, as the former Pac-12 receiver boarded a connecting flight from Tempe to Gainesville, his father spoke with The Athletic about why the coveted transfer chose Florida over Oregon, the impact of teaming up with quarterback Anthony Richardson, and why the NIL component of his recruitment is being overblown. "Ultimately, it came down to Billy Napier and his staff," said Ricky Pearsall Sr., who described the daily communication from Florida as "pure and genuine" over the past month. Pearsall entered the portal April 21, though the thought of transferring had been weighing upon him ever since his close friend, quarterback Jayden Daniels, departed in February for LSU.

The family visited Florida's campus in late April, and Pearsall's father called the trip impressive, featuring an array of touchpoints, including a training staff "that's superior at keeping athletes healthy and on the field." It boiled down to an Oregon-Florida duel as the Pearsalls dug into evaluating both quarterback situations. They looked at spring film of Richardson and Ducks newcomer Bo Nix, himself a transfer from Auburn. Whereas Nix was a three-year SEC starter with more than 1,000 college pass attempts, Richardson has started one game and thrown 66 passes. "Anthony has a great amount of potential that we really liked, but he hasn't seen the field as much because he's young," said Pearsall Sr. "Bo Nix has shown that he can produce." - The Athletic, Florida

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