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Hillsborough DE Sherit commits to Gators

Posted Jul 29, 2012 by Bill Ward

Updated Jul 29, 2012 at 03:04 AM

Another day, another one of the area’s top prep football recruits commits to the University of Florida.

Hillsborough rising senior defensive end Jordan Sherit announced on Twitter late Saturday afternoon he has made verbal commitment to the University of Florida. He’s the second county star to give the Gators a pledge in the past two days, following Wharton cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.

“So blessed and privileged to announce that today I have committed to the University of Florida,” the 6-foot-5, 234-pound Sherit said on his Twitter account. He added “Go Gators!”

Sherit and Hargreaves, who forged a strong friendship over the past year, were among the dozens of area recruits invited to UF’s “Friday Night Lights” camp on Friday. Sherit is rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals and is the fourth Tampa Bay area player to commit to Florida. Joining Sherit and Hargreaves as UF pledges from the area are Pasco defensive end Joey Ivie and Lakewood wide receiver Rodney Adams.

The Gators already have approximately 20 commitments for the class of 2013. Sherit had more than 30 offers from Division I schools, including such prestigious football programs as Oklahoma, Stanford, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee. The University of South Florida had also offered Sherit.

Last season, Sherit was the Terriers’ leading producer of tackles (110) and sacks (nine). He also saw duty at tight end and was their long snapper. Sherit is member of the school’s prestigious International Baccalaureate program and carries a weighted GPA over 5.0.

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