Six-foot-nine inch, 330-pound Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy offensive tackle Jared Gaither has been committed to Maryland since he signed with them out of high school. However, that didn't keep him from visiting the University of Florida over the weekend.
Rivals.com has learned that, though he remains committed to the Terrapins, he is seriously considering Florida and will sign with one of the two in February.
While the firmness of his commitment is up in the air, one thing that has never been in question is his athletic ability. In December, in front of over 200 college coaches he ran a 4.75-second 40-yard dash while weighing in at 330-pounds.
If that isn't convincing enough, here is what Hargrave offensive line coach Bryan White had to say about Gaither.
"His upside is unlimited because he doesn't have an extensive football background," White told MDVarsity.com. "We've got him at right tackle, and that's what he's being looked at for college. He projects as a guy who might make it to the league (NFL) one day. Not a lot of people who are 6-9 have the athletic ability that he has.
"Athletically his feet for someone that size – it's not right. How well he can move at over 300 pounds and at that height. We have plays where he will pull all the way from backside tackle. Football wise he is very bright. He's grasping everything."
Upon his departure from Florida, he returned to Hargrave where phone use is a privilege, not right. Rivals.com will have more on this development on Monday.