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South's 32nd-Ranked Defensive End, J'Bril Glaze, Backs off Pledge to South Florida

An ACC school has secured an official visit date with the South's 32nd-ranked defensive end, J'Bril Glaze, who backed off his pledge to South Florida on Wednesday.

J'Bril Glaze had already been pondering his collegiate future as of late, even though he was verbally attached to South Florida, and Wednesday's news of Willie Taggart migrating out west to accept the Oregon head coaching gig did nothing but seal the deal in his recruitment.

Glaze, a senior at Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson that's tagged as the 32nd-ranked defensive end in the South, made it official late Wednesday evening by turning to Twitter to dish out the latest news in his recruitment.

"I'm just not really a wait-and-watch type of guy," Glaze told Scout. "I understand how crucial the recruiting process is to any athlete's future, so I couldn't take any risk by hoping everything would be alright.

"Other doors began to close, and I just felt that I needed to make me and my family the first priority."

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound defender is still taking everything in with National Signing Day just less than two months from now, but has already taken a step in the right direction by securing an official visit with Virginia Tech for Jan. 20.

"They're a program that's in their coaching staff's first year," Glaze said. "They have done some great things, and they have consistently recruited me throughout the process, even when I was committed.

"I had an in-home visit with (safeties) coach (Galen) Scott that was great. He really got me excited to see what's up there."

Glaze is a fierce competitor who understands that nothing will be handed to him, and that was echoed during this week's face time with the Hokies.

"(The in-home) was Monday, and their overall message was basically how good of an environment Blacksburg is and how I could really thrive as a player," Glaze said. "I would have to work hard and earn everything I get there."

With all that being said, does Glaze have a new front-runner in his recruitment?

"I'm speaking with schools as they come in," Glaze said. "Virginia Tech has stood out, and USF still has my interest."

LouisvilleKentuckyMississippi StateIndianaIowa State and South Carolina are some of the additional schools that have served up offers.

As always, stay tuned to Scout.

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