Zaire said he chose Florida over Texas, Wisconsin and North Carolina.
He is expected to compete with sophomore Luke Del Rio, who threw eight touchdowns and eight interceptions in six games last year, and freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask for the starting job.
"You just want to be able to be a part of something special,"
Zaire told 247Sports
. " "I'm going in there to be a part of the team and do what I can to help the team win and win the team's respect. There's other guys out there on the field, too.
“So being a good teammate is first and foremost,” he added. “Being a good teammate and letting the other things happen when they happen and continue to work hard. I think I bring some value and good things to the team, so I’m excited to be a part of that.”
In 13 games with the Fighting Irish, Zaire completed 58 of 98 passes for 816 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed 72 times for 324 yards and two scores.
During his senior season at Alter, Zaire was the 2012 Southwest District Division III Player of the Year with 1,990 passing yards and 1,120 rushing yards for a combined 33 touchdowns.