Polite made noise at The Opening Orlando

Jachai Polite showed up unassuming, but ready to work. That hard work paid off on Saturday for the Daytona Beach Mainland defensive end as he was continuously impressive at the Nike Football Opening qualifier near Orlando in Kissimmee. With eight offers, Polite is primed to get more.

Jachai Polite was so impressive that among dozens of the best defensive linemen in Florida and the southeast, he was named the Defensive Line MVP of the group on the day.

At the end of the competition he was lined up against one young monster lineman in Calvin Ashley, who was as impressive as you will see at an event like this, and Polite won four reps out of six. One good reason was he listened to what he was taught during the day.

“The coach taught me a lot,” Polite said of the instruction on the day. “He taught me how to use my hands more.”

At 6-foot-4 and 226 pounds, Polite knows exactly where he excels.

“I get to the quarterback and squeeze by linebackers,” he said.

He did exactly that in drills seemingly contortioning his body to get by the blocking in front of him and getting to the would-be quarterback.

With eight offers from the likes of Iowa State Florida Atlantic, UCF, South Florida, West Virginia, North Carolina, NC State, and Marshall, he says he favors NC State and West Virginia. However there are two in-state schools he would like to hear more from.

“I really like Florida State and Miami,” he said. “I just went to the Miami Junior Day (Saturday) and last week I was at Florida State. Miami didn’t say anything about an offer and Florida State just told me to keep working hard.”

The Gators are recruiting Polite, but haven’t really made a push yet. He says that he will visit sometime in the next month and a half.

“Florida has been following me and hitting me up on social media,” Polite says. “I am going up there for spring practice.”

Finally with no timetable for a decision, Polite knows what he is looking for.

“I am looking for family, on the field, off the field, not feeling independent,” he said.


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