Report: Tim Beck could bring Notre Dame transfer Malik Zaire to Texas

Malik Zaire may finally be entering the homestretch in his search for a new school, and a former Ohio State assistant might end up making the difference when it’s over. reported Tuesday the former Alter High School star is down to four schools after deciding not to return to Notre Dame: 

Zaire is still considering Texas, Wisconsin and Florida, and the grad transfer quarterback has added Harvard to his short list. It remains unclear how serious Zaire is about playing Ivy League football. If he does go that route, Harvard would be his landing spot.

Zaire, who will be eligible to play this fall, is set to announce his decision next month according to the report. 

As of now, Florida cannot accept graduate transfers, but an SEC rule blocking that move could be lifted in May. 

The athletic left-hander told this news organization in March he is spending this semester working out at the Dennis Gile Quarterback Academy in Arizona and wants to finish his career somewhere that could still help him get to the NFL. 

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“The ultimate goal for me is to be able to reach that next level like any good quarterback’s dream should be,” he said in March. “You want to play at the highest level. That includes being the best in college. It’s all bottled up in one season, but that gives me more motivation to prepare and make it special.” 

The Orange Bloods story cites Texas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck as a potential asset in the Longhorns’ efforts to woo Zaire because the two developed a strong relationship when Beck was an assistant at Nebraska trying to recruit Zaire to Lincoln out of high school four years ago. 

Beck spent the past two seasons at Ohio State, where he helped coordinate an underachieving offense but was regarded as one of the best recruiters on Urban Meyer’s staff.