Jachai Polite visits Gators: “I loved it"

You couldn’t ask for a better football game to watch as an invited visitor on campus. Florida finished off Tennessee in the last minute of the game coming from 13 points behind in the last 5 minutes and continuing an 11 game winning streak over the Vols. Jachai Polite loved what he saw.

Daytona Beach Mainland’s Jachai Polite is one of the top two-way players in the state of Florida and was sitting in the south end zone Saturday night watching the epic ending of the game. He came away really impressed with everything he saw with the Gators.

“(The game) was great very energizing,” Polite said shortly after the 28-27 win by the Gators and just outside The Swamp. “I loved it.”

He took notice of the resolve the Florida team had in the contest and the fact that they just wouldn’t quit. Polite says it brought back memories for him.

“I loved the fight they had,” Polite said. “They never got down. They kept each other up. They’re brothers. It’s a good family out there. I experienced it last year in the playoffs (with my team) against Edgewater.”

Florida assistant Kerry Dixon was at Mainland’s game Friday night and watching him and a few others on the squad and it stood out to Polite.

“It meant a lot, it means they care about how I am performing on the field,” he said. “They can see my mistakes and what I can work on.”

More so they can see what it is they like about the pass rushing defensive end that also plays tight end.


“They like the way I move fluidly,” he said. “I need to work on my hands and hips a little bit more. They like me as a tight end or defensive end or outside linebacker.”

The Gators are starting to make a real impression on Polite who may have Miami out front.

“I love them… the coaches,” he said. “I like the players. I am building a relationship with Jonathan Bullard. When I came to the day camp the day they offered me. I didn’t really know him but they just kept teaching me stuff.”

My Take: I watched Polite at the NIKE The Opening tryouts in Orlando and he was one of the 3-4 most impressive players at the event in my opinion. He has some big time physical gifts and I believe once in college and he finds a position he will excel faster than most and he’s already very good at least as a pass rusher as that is all I have seen.

Maybe the Gators made up ground on the Hurricanes. He is hard to read about these things.

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