Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough defensive end Jordan Sherit made his way to the University of Florida on Saturday for the Gator's Junior Day festivities. It wasn't his first time on campus at the in-state institution.
"Junior Day for me was real cool," Sherit said. "The first time I was there was the Alabama game, which was hectic and crazy. It was great. But today was nice because I got to see all of Florida. I got to talk with the coaches. All of that stuff, today, that was nice because I saw everything - the weight room, the training room - and talk to all of the coaches. I also got a chance to hear the player panel answer questions.
"I think the most important thing was getting the tour of the entire campus," Sherit added. "That was something I had never done before."
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As for the most exciting part of the visit for the 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end, that was when they spent time inside the locker room at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
"I would have to say spending time in the locker room," Sherit said when asked what part of the trip really stood out. "While in the locker room they had everybody in a circle and Coach (Derek) Lewis got us fired up. He is a very energetic guy. He got everybody to do the Gator chomp right before we watched a video, a hype video with a bunch of big hits and touchdowns. It was cool to see that. I got goose bumps from that. It was really cool to do that."
During the visit, the Rivals100 prospect spent a great deal of time with his primary recruiter, Derek Lewis, who handles the Tampa-area for the Gators.
"I spent the most time with Coach (Derek) Lewis," Sherit said. "He recruits Hillsborough County. He told me he feels I could fit into their defense there as a Buck linebacker who plays off of the line and will go down sometimes. He said that they want to see me at camp. He told me I am on the line right now whether or not to offer. He said that he thinks I should come to camp and show the coaches what I can do."
While the visit went very well and Sherit was able to meet with a number of the coaches, the four-star defensive end is still without an offer from Florida. While 16 other schools have stepped forth with an early tender, Sherit isn't shocked by Florida's decision to wait on making him an offer at this time.
"I am not surprised," Sherit said. "I know that Florida takes recruiting very seriously. I know just because a prospect may have 30 offers, it doesn't mean they are just going to offer him. They want to make sure they want a prospect. I think one of the reasons I don't have an offer is that I don't have a lot of tape out right now. For me, I see it as a challenge. They haven't offered, so I have to make them offer. Florida is a very good school."
Sherit said that the Gator's lack of an offer isn't going to be detrimental to their chances.
"It doesn't hurt them," Sherit said. "It is fine with me."
He does admit though that the decision by other schools to offer him is something that he pays attention to.
"It is a testament to other schools like USF and Miami, those schools that were the first to offer me," Sherit said. "It kind of shows me they believe in me and see what I have to offer."
As for the possibility of returning to Gainesville in the coming months and working out for the staff in hopes of earning that offer, that is something that Sherit isn't sure will definitely occur as of today.
"I don't know," Sherit said. "I might do Friday Night Lights there. I know they have a lot of talent there for that. I know it is a real good camp and they have a ton of talent from Florida. But as of right now I don't know what my summer plans will be like."
Sherit said he has no immediate plans with regards to visits but mentioned an interest in checking out a school in the Southeast that has offered, mentioning schools such as Auburn and Georgia Tech.