Jordan Sherit has wrapped up a stellar three months with a trip to Oregon for The Opening that followed by a commitment to Florida in July. Now, Sherit is a proud recipient of an invite to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Saturday, January 5 on NBC.
At 6-foot-5, 234 pounds, Sherit is one of the most athletic defensive linemen in the 2013 class. He runs a 4.73 laser-timed 40 to go with a 37-inch vertical jump. It's that athleticism which has him rated as the fifth-best weakside defensive end and the No. 110 prospect overall in the Rivals 250.
His selection to the game comes at the right time as the four-star rush end received some bad news recently. On Monday, an MRI revealed he tore his ACL in his team's Friday night win over cross-town rival Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson. The Gator pledge will be out for eight months, but that hasn't diminished the meaning of this accomplishment.
"This is like a dream come true," Sherit said. "Since I was a freshman, the only thing I wanted to do was make varsity. Once I made varsity I wanted to prove that I could be an every down guy and a complete lineman. This is just a great honor to see all that hard work pay off."
After Friday's game, Sherit was in Gainesville for Florida's big win over LSU. The Gators class sits at No. 6 in the Rivals.com team rankings and could finish in the top five come signing day with the help of Sherit as he takes on a new role as recruiter.
"It was a great atmosphere," Sherit said. "Before the game I went back in the locker room. When I came out the team was in the tunnel getting hyped up and ready to go on the field. I decided to sneak in about thirty feet behind them and trot out the tunnel with them. I couldn't really run because my leg, but it was still awesome."
"We want to represent Gator Nation," Sherit joked. "It doesn't matter where we are. If one of the guys makes a big play I will be the first one to cheer them on.
"It will be a great showcase for the program and it should be a lot of fun."
Even though he won't be participating in the game, Sherit will still take part in all of the bowl activities.
When asked how he feels about being in the environment he responded, "During practice I plan to take mental reps and notes. I always try to be a student of the game. I will listen to the coaches and other players around me. I will study opposing offensive lineman because I may face them in college and I will want to be prepared."
There is no doubt the game will be special to Sherit and his family, along with the entire Hillsborough community. He will be the second player from Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough to earn a roster spot. Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Jarred Fayson played for the Terriers and took part in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
"This will be my last time being on the practice field with high school players," Sherit said. "A lot of the guys had their full senior year. It will be something I won't forget."