With his prep football career now over, Hillsborough senior defensive end Jordan Sherit seeks solace in the future.
Ahead: the rehabilitation of his injured left knee, high school graduation and a scholarship offer to the University of Florida.
And though he will be unable to suit up, Sherit will still have the honor of taking his place in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, an all-star game in January for about 80 of the nation’s top football recruits.
“It’s still an honor and a blessing,” Sherit said Wednesday. “I won’t be able to play but I plan on bouncing back as soon as I can.”
Bowl officials descended on Hillsborough High Wednesday morning to officially announce his selection to the game, which will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio and is broadcast live on NBC.
Sherit’s parents, grandparents, coaches and teammates were among those in attendance at the ceremony.
“This is one of the biggest days in the history of the school,” said Melvin Williams, the school’s athletic director.
The ceremony came a couple days after Sherit learned he would miss the rest of his senior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He was injured in the Terriers’ win over Jefferson last week.
Sherit expects to make a full recovery after surgery. He was optimistic that he’d be ready in time to report to Florida in the summer.
“I’m kind of an impatient person,” he said. “But I’ve adopted a positive attitude about the whole thing. I think this will be a defining moment for me as a player and a person.”
At 6-foot-5 and 234 pounds, Sherit is one of the nation’s most highly coveted defensive linemen and a consensus four-star recruit. Sherit ranks among the top 20 players at his position nationally, according to most recruiting websites.
Last year, Sherit led the Terriers in tackles (110), sacks (nine) and fumble recoveries (five). Through five games this season, Sherit has 21 tackles and six sacks on defense and six catches for 94 yards as a tight end. He also has a 5.7 GPA as an honors student in Hillsborough’s International Baccalaureate program.
He is the second Hillsborough player to be selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, joining Jarred Fayson who played in the game in 2005.
“Jordan exemplifies all that a student-athlete should be,” said Hillsborough coach Earl Garcia, who coached in the game in 2005. “And this is the Cadillac of all the all-star games.”
Sherit was particularly excited about his selection to the game because of his older brother, Spc. William Bryan Burnett, who is stationed at Fort Drum in New York and recently served a year in Afghanistan.
“The minute we found out about this,” said his mother, Judy Burnett, “Bryan was just ecstatic about it. We were all very proud.”