TAMPA, Fla. -- ESPN 300 defensive end Jordan Sherit (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) has been to Florida on several occasions, but the 6-foot-4, 238-pound athlete said he is looking forward to attending Florida's Friday Night Lights camp this week. Sherit views this as an opportunity to learn more about the program, not from the Florida coaching staff, but from the other Florida verbal commits.
"At The Opening, I really just enjoyed hanging out with the Florida commits," Sherit said at the Sling-n-Shoot 7-on-7 tournament at USF on Sunday. "They are awesome guys. I mean coach [Will] Muschamp and coach [Dan] Quinn are awesome guys, but they are going to say a lot of the same things, and you know what to expect when you are talking to them. But when you talk to the commits and current players, you get an understanding of what the program is really like.
"Just hanging out with the commits gives you an opportunity to see who they are recruiting. Just hanging out with Nick [Washington], Ahmad [Fulwood] and Tre' [Bell] -- just awesome guys with awesome character. They are funny dudes, too. I'm looking forward to Friday."
As for his future plans, the four-star end said he might take a trip to Miami, but that is not set in stone.
"I might go to the rising senior day at Miami," he said, "but recently some stuff has been going down, so I'm not sure. As of right now I still think I want to go do that."
Sherit, who has committed to play in the Army All-America Bowl in January, said he knows of at least two official visits and one unofficial visit he will take.
"I'm planning officials for Stanford and Notre Dame," Sherit said. "I'll probably go to the Notre Dame-Michigan game and the Stanford-USC game. I want to go to the Florida-LSU game as well."
Sherit won't be the only talented prospect expected in Gainesville this Friday. Several of the top players in the southeast are expected to make the trip down to Gainesville.
Headlining the group expected to attend is defensive end Demarcus Walker (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), the No. 24-ranked player in the country. Walker visited Alabama last weekend and is expected to make his decision in early August.
Safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips), a Florida legacy, will be making the short trip from Orlando to Gainesville. Georgia Cornerback commit Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) has also confirmed he will be at UF.
After losing tight end A.C. Leonard to transfer, the tight end position now becomes a priority for the Gators. Jordan Davis (Thomson, Ga./Thomson) has Florida and Georgia at the top of his list and the three-star tight end could potentially make his decision soon.
Big-time 2014 defensive tackle prospect Travonte Valentine (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside) has Florida and Florida State at the top of his list and like Davis, a decision could be looming.
Nearly all of Florida's 17 verbal commitments are expected to attend, including Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast), who recently camped at FSU. For wide receiver commit Marqui Hawkins, it will be his first time in Gainesville despite having been committed to the Gators since May 14.
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