- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With 18 verbal commitments and just over seven months until signing day, the Gators have filled about 75 percent of their recruiting class. Over the next two weeks, GatorNation will take a look at some uncommitted prospects who could end up in the Florida Gators' recruiting class. Some of them are highly rated and some might surprise you. Next up is defensive end Jordan Sherit (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough).
Why he could end up in Florida's class
Sherit has visited Gainesville three times since the spring football game and he admits distance could play a factor in his college decision. Florida's depth at defensive end is not very good, and with his athletic ability, the 6-foot-4, 238-pound Sherit could be in a position to earn early playing time if he chose the Gators. The proximity to home combined with his fondness for the Florida coaching staff could be enough to convince the four-star defensive end to pick UF.
Why he might not be in Florida's class
Sherit, who holds better than a 5.0 GPA, is also considering Stanford. UF is no slouch in academics, but getting a degree from Stanford is very intriguing to Sherit. Additionally, another defensive end, Ebenezer Ogundeko, (Brooklyn, N.Y./Jefferson) will be making his decision on July 20 between Notre Dame, Florida and Syracuse. If Ogundeko chooses Florida, that could potentially hurt Florida's chances. The Gators, however, would like both DE prospects in their class.
How he could fit in
With Sherit's size and athletic ability, he would be a perfect fit for Will Muschamp's buck linebacker/defensive end position. He is big enough to help in run support and athletic enough to rush the passer off the edge as well as drop back in pass coverage. If he continues to get bigger, he could end up a strong-side defensive end down the road.