Jordan Smith visited Gainesville and the University of Florida campus with his mom on the last official visit weekend before the dead period and just fell in love the place on the trip.
“I picked Florida because I love the state of Florida I love the community of Gainesville and the coaching staff at Florida is everything I can ask for,” Smith said when reached about his commitment. “I feel like it's a great program and we have potential to win a national championship with the coaches and players.”
Tennessee was the other option for Smith before the visit and he was planning on heading home and thinking things over, but when on the trip, he just couldn’t wait any more.
“I was actually going to wait until that next week to announce it but then I went to Florida and I saw all they had to offer, there was no comparison. So, I committed at the end of my visit.”
Smith’s mom also liked everything she saw.
“My mom loved it,” he said. “They told her everything she needed to know about football and academics and housing and everything. At the end of the visit she was very comfortable with all of the coaches and the program.”
Smith is an early graduate and so he will enroll at Florida in January, getting a jump start on the academic part of his collegiate career, but also a chance to work out with the team in the spring.
I will probably be on campus January 3rd and I will most likely room with Chauncey Gardner,” he said. “The thing I'm most looking forward to is starting my process in getting my degree and I'm also looking forward to developing myself early so and come in and make an impact early.”
Long and lean with explosive moves off the edge, Smith was born to rush the passer and says he will be a good fit for the RUSH end position at Florida.
“That position is exactly what I'm good at,” he said. “It gives me the opportunity to get after the quarterback and it gives me somewhat free range to go and make plays.”
As for what Gator fans will see of Smith in his career, it is all about work ethic.
“They can look forward to having a hard working football player and also a hard worker in the class room.”