Rising 2019 DL Jaquaze Sorrells followed his heart and committed to Florida

Florida picked up its second 2019 commitment when Jaquaze Sorrells made the call to pledge to Jim McElwain and the staff. Sorrells discusses his decision to commit to UF below.

Jaquaze Sorrells did not wait long to pull the trigger. The Largo (Fla.) defensive lineman picked up an offer from Florida on Friday night after his performance at UF's camp. Then without any hesitation, Sorrells made the decision to commit to the Gators. 

"I always grew up a Florida Gator fan," he said. "I've been raised in a Florida Gator household; I have family that live up there; and I just like the way [Florida head] coach [Jim] McElwain is taking the team and progressing.

"I always had Florida as my home. Florida is where I wanted to be," he added. "I had other schools looking at me. Clemson, they have really good interest in me. I was looking into Indiana, since my cousin just graduated from there...I got my first written letter from Purdue, which made me feel like Purdue really wanted me, but Florida is where my heart is." 

With his decision made, Sorrells made the call to offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier to make things official. 

"He was pretty excited and he was just letting me know that all the coaches really wanted me," he said. "I'm going to start working now so when I get up there I'm good." 

He certainly worked hard to earn the offer. The Florida staff was very impressed with the defensive lineman. Sorrells checked in at 6-foot-3, 240-pounds, and he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.77 during the Gators' camp. 

"It was pretty good. We've been training hard on my agility stuff and on my 40s and all of that. Basically I am staying humbler and I've been really enjoying the process. I've been waiting for this time to come." 

The camp was also an opportunity for Sorrells to work out with defensive line coach, Chris Rumph. In the end his relationship with Rumph was a big factor in making his decision early. 

"Coach Rumph is probably one of the coaches I really liked the most," he said. He is a real aggressive coach. Everything he means well and another person wouldn't get on you if they didn't care for you. Coach Rumph is a very nice person. Me and him are already growing a good bond. I really think Florida is going to be home for the next four years after I graduate."

Although he did not have the opportunity to take a tour around campus on Friday, Sorrells is already planning his return to Gainesville. 

"I will be going up there this fall for some games. I haven't set up any dates yet. But I know that Coach Nussmeier wants me to go up there for some games and coach McElwain, he is real happy to see me."

Sorrells is Florida's second commitment in the 2019 class joining cornerback Jaleel McRae from New Smyrna Beach, Fla. 


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