2013 Football Recruiting: Florida Gators Add Jordan Sherit; Defensive End Commits

Saturday brought more good news for the Florida Gators. Tampa, FL (Hillsborough) defensive end Jordan Sherit committed, giving the Gators a 2013 recruiting class* of 20 strong more than one month before the 2012 college football season even begins.

“It’s just a beautiful place. In my opinion, it’s one of the top universities in the country. Athletically and academically, there’s a great combination there.” – Jordan Sherit, 2013 Defensive End

Not only does Sherit become the 20th member of Florida’s 2013 class, he becomes the third commitment in three days and the fourth defensive lineman. If the 2012 and 2013 classes are any indication of what head coach Will Muschamp is looking for, defensive line will be vital to the Gators’ future.

The 6’5″, 234-pound Sherit is regarded as a strongside defensive end and considered a four-star recruit. Rivals puts him in their top 100 at No. 94 overall. 247 isn’t as high on Sherit and actually lists him as a weakside DE, but still places him in their top 247 at No. 217.

Sherit has long had Florida in the lead and may believed it was only a matter of time before he would commit. The addition of multiple defensive ends – Joey Ivie and Antonio Riles – to the class didn’t deter him from going with his top choice.

With each passing day, the Gators look closer and closer to putting the final touches on this class.

*Yes, that list needs to be updated.

2013 Football Recruiting: Top Targets To Camp With Florida Gators, Will Muschamp

The Florida Gators kick off a number of football camps this weekend with numerous recruits in attendance. The 2012 Will Muschamp Gators Football Camp begins on Saturday, June 9 and runs through Tuesday, June 12. It includes two mini camps, two four-day camps, a kicking camp, and a camp for younger players.

The Gators will host a solid number of recruits from each of the next few recruiting classes, but don’t expect any from the 2013 class to participate. Among those in attendance will be: quarterbacks Heys McMath and Asiantii Woulard, wide receiver Richard Benjamin, defensive tackle Greg Gilmore, defensive ends Antonio Riles, Jordan Sherit and DeMarcus Walker, and cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III. Current Florida defensive tackle commit Caleb Brantley is also schedule to be in attendance.

McMath and Woulard are two to keep an eye on. Florida hopes to add a quarterback as part of the 2013 class, but continues to miss out on prospects. As top targets commit elsewhere, Muschamp and the coaching staff have to refocus their efforts and move on. This seems to be happening quite a bit lately, so the hope is visits by the two passers this weekend is a turn in the right direction.

2013 Football Recruiting: Jordan Sherit Visits Florida; Gators In Good Shape With Defensive End

Jordan Sherit visited Florida last weekend and with all eyes planted firmly on the four-star defensive end, he had good things to say about the Gators. Sherit is enjoying the recruiting process to the fullest, but Florida may be in the best shape to gain a commitment from the Tampa, FL (Hillsborough) defender.

Sherit told Zach Abolverdi of GatorSports.com he could have seen himself committing to the Gators during his visit. He was the only visitor and received special attention from Will Muschamp and the rest of the coaching staff. Sherit said he loved every minute of the visit and values what Florida has to offer both athletically and academically. He also appreciates the fact that Muschamp didn’t pressure him into committing, but instead told him to take his time and come to the decision on his own. It doesn’t hurt that Tampa is just a quick trip away down I-75.

Both 247Sports and Rivals give Sherit four stars. 247 ranks him as the No. 6 overall weak-side defensive end while Rivals has him as the No. 6 overall strong-side DE. ESPN and Scout don’t break the tie as both put him at the more generic position of just defensive end. With the attention Sherit is getting, he definitely has a chance to climb all of the lists as his senior year approaches.

Despite his near eagerness to commit during visits, Sherit has yet to do so and it could be a while until he announces his school of choice. He plans on making additional visits during the summer to see how other schools compare to Florida. Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Stanford currently round out his favorites, but the Gators are thought to hold the lead. The 2013 class doesn’t have a defensive end among its ranks, only making it more enticing for Sherit to join the fold.