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Hillsborough DE Jordan Sherit announced via Twitter this afternoon he has committed to the University of Florida, becoming the second county player in three days to give a verbal pledge to the Gators.
"So blessed and privileged to announce that today I have committed to the University of Florida," tweeted Sherit, who attended UF's Friday Night Lights camp on Friday but didn't participate. "Go Gators!"
Deemed a four-star recruit by both ESPN and Rivals, Sherit (6-foot-5, 234 pounds) becomes the fourth bay area player to say he'll join a UF recruiting class poised to become the state's best and among the nation's top five.
Wharton CB Vernon Hargreaves III committed Thursday; Pasco DE Joey Ivie and Lakewood WR Rodney Adams also have committed to Will Muschamp's program, which already has 20 commitments. ESPN currently ranks the Gators' class third behind USC and Michigan.
Teeming with agility and physical upside, Sherit could grow into a run-stopping defensive end, or project as a pass-rushing "jack" linebacker when UF goes to a 3-4 scheme. He led Hillsborough in tackles (110), sacks (nine) and fumble recoveries (five) as a junior. Three of the five games in which he collected 10 or more tackles were against Armwood (two meetings) and Plant.
But just as valuable as his skill set is his presence in a locker room, ESPN national recruiting analyst Corey Long says.
"He's not a kid that you worry about," said Long, adding he wouldn't be shocked if UF's class eventually goes to No. 1. "He's a dedicated student-athlete. I think he's a smart kid, I think he's a natural leader, probably the most popular kid among the (high-profile) Tampa kids. He's going to be one of those guys that you can count on to be the face of the program. ... I'm a big fan."