RECRUITING: DE Jamil Paris has UF as new leader

While most kids are obviously excited for their senior seasons to start, Jamil Paris has a little extra incentive to be fired up -- he missed all but three games of his junior season because of an ankle injury.

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"It's time," Paris said. "I'm ready for this. It's time to show people what I can do out there. I'll be playing tight end too because I can block pretty good on the sweep."

Jamil Paris, 6-5 and 225 pounds, has a couple goals as he heads into his senior year.

"Of course I wanna do what I can to help my team win," he said. "But for me personally, I wanna stand out in those first couple games. A lot of college coaches want to see those first couple games on film to make a decision on whether to offer or not. I gotta show them whats up."

Paris, a full academic qualifier thanks to a 19 ACT score, is coming off an impressive summer.

"I ran a 4.5 at the NIKE Camp and was beating people up in the one-on-ones," he said. "I've gained about 8 to 10 pounds and have kept my speed. Plus, I went to Florida's Friday Night Lights Camp last month and was killin' it out there. Me and (Immokalee defensive end) John Paul were tearing it up together."

Paris, who said his wingspan got measured at over 100 inches at Florida, said he uses his size and quickness to beat opposing tackles.

"Most guys don't have my reach," he said. "Plus, my quickness is hard to keep up with. I think I can maintain it while gaining some more weight too."

The talented defensive end prospect is looking forward to showing college coaches what he's capable of. Several of them are keeping a close eye on him.

"Florida's real interested and they said they'll make a decision (on whether to offer) after the first two games," he said. "Florida's my new No. 1. I loved it there. That would be great if they offered."

The Gators aren't the only program high on his list of favorites. In fact, Paris used to say Miami was at the top.

"Miami's up there still," he said. "I talked to Greg Mark and he said everything's good. Like Florida, they just wanna see a couple games first."

Three out of state programs round out his top five, including one that has already scheduled a visit with Paris.

"I'm going to Ohio State for a visit the weekend they play Iowa State," he said. "That's sometime in September. That should be fun. I'm also looking at Clemson and Auburn. They round it out."

While Paris said he's still waiting on offers from those five, a few schools have extended offers.

"I don't really pay attention but my coach told me some smaller schools have sent offers," he said. "I wanna show these guys (his top 5) what I can do. I'm ready for this. Last year wasn't fun missing all those games because of injury. I'm bigger and faster than last year, too."

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