USAAB: Sherit says thanks

Injured four-star defensive end Jordan Sherit arrived Thursday in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

For Jordan Sherit (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) he's just happy to be a U.S. Army All-American. This four-star defensive end prospect injured his knee back in October. Therefore, he couldn't play in the game. But he flew from Tampa to San Antonio on Thursday and thoroughly enjoyed his two days in the Lone Star State.

"Besides the cold weather this has been awesome," Sherit said. "I am just so happy right now. This was a tremendous experience for me, a real blessing. The best part was getting to know the troops. My brother is in the Army. It's a great way to say thanks because we don't say thanks enough. I benefited a lot by coming out here."

It's Sherit's step brother, Bryan Burnett, who serves as a Pvt. He's currently a mechanic in Afghanistan.

"Bryan has been there a while," Sherit said. "He's coming home in about a month."

It wasn't the senior season this future Florida Gator had hoped for. In October he injured his knee and hasn't played since.

"I had two sacks against Tampa Jefferson and I injured my knee in the fourth quarter," Sherit said. "I just stepped in a divot. I heard two pops but it didn't hurt that much. But I had no mobility. It turned out to be a torn ACL and a slight sprain in my meniscus. It was kind of a freak accident."

Two weeks later Sherit had surgery. Rehab has gone very well.

"They (doctors) say I should be running by the end of January," Sherit said. "Right now I am working on getting my quad stronger. At first I was way ahead of things. I am just ready to get back."

Sherit, 6-foot-3 and 243-pounds, has been a lone time commit to Will Muschamp and the Gators. He can't wait to get to Gainesville. It's still unknown as to whether he will play this season.

"I am 100% Gator," Sherit said. "I love it. I am committed to Florida and those Florida coaches are committed to me. They had a great season. I committed over the summer and I didn't think they would win like they did. Then again, I am not surprised by the season they had. If you know those coaches and players like I do, it wouldn't surprise you either.

"As for me playing next season, that's up to how my knee feels and how everything goes. I hope I can play and will do everything I can to be ready."

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