On Wednesday morning, Florida defensive commit Jordan Sherit will have his U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection ceremony at Hillsborough High School in Tampa.
Unfortunately, Sherit won’t be able to play in the game or the rest of his senior season.
The 6-foot-5, 234-pounder tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the fourth quarter of his team’s 36-28 victory over Jefferson this past Friday. Hillsborough head coach Earl Garcia informed The Tampa Tribune of the injury late Monday night. He said Sherit’s knee buckled running downfield and was not the result of any contact.
“I feel bad for him and for our team,” Garcia told the paper. ”He’s just a great kid. It doesn’t seem right or fair but like we told him, it could be worse. He could be the great player Plant lost (offensive lineman Richy Klepal), whose career is over (due to a serious concussion).”
“He won’t be playing for us the rest of this season but he’ll be ready to go for Florida,” Garcia added. “I have no doubt of that. Jordan will work the rehab.”
Garcia said Sherit will have surgery on his knee in about two weeks and then rehabilitate for eights months before reporting to Florida. U.S Army All-American Bowl officials will still fly Sherit out to San Antonio in January so he can experience the event.
Sherit unofficially visited UF for the LSU game and has spoken with coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn since receiving his MRI results Monday.
“Both coaches got in touch with me and they said they are behind me 100 percent and just want me to get healthy so we can do great things over the next 4-5 years,” Sherit told ESPN on Tuesday. “They talked about Ronald Powell and how hard he’s working to come back from his injury.
“Overall I feel fine, I’m trying to look at this as a positive and I understand that everyone deals with adversity. I’m going to try to work harder than anyone has ever worked to recover from this. It’s just a small setback.”
For those who haven’t see it on YouTube yet, American Family Insurance did a great video feature on Sherit last month that you can watch HERE.