DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Jachai Polite officially visited Florida over the weekend, but his recruitment isn’t over yet.
This Friday, the UF defensive end commit will take a trip to Southern Cal, a program that’s been able to land recruits from Mainland High School (Daytona Beach, Fla.) before.
Gators coach Jim McElwain and defensive line coach Chris Rumph will pay a visit to Polite on Wednesday before he heads to California.
“I’m definitely going there to check it out and see what the Cali life is like,” Polite said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. It’s on my bucket list.
“I’m considering them, but they have to show me a lot. They don’t have a defensive line coach right now. I’m very solid with coach Rumph and coach Mac.”
The Trojans beat out Florida for two former players from Polite’s high school in recent years.
Defensive end Leonard Williams, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, visited both schools in January 2012. He gave a silent commitment to UF, but announced for the Trojans on Signing Day.
Four-star linebacker Quinton Powell de-committed from the Gators late in the 2013 cycle and took a trip to USC. Former Florida coach Will Muschamp had the final in-home visit with Powell, but he signed with Southern Cal.
Will Powell and Williams have an any affect on Polite?
“I didn’t look up to Leonard or anybody local,” Polite said. “I don’t know him at all or Quinton either. When I came to Mainland my sophomore year, they were gone.”
Polite, a three-star recruit, is ranked the No. 31 strongside defensive end in the nation.
In the video interview above, Polite answers the following questions:
- How was his official visit to Florida?
- What did the early enrollees tell him about UF?
- What was the coaching staff’s message to him?
- Did the trip solidify his commitment to the Gators?
- Could he see himself flipping to Southern Cal?
All rankings and ratings are according to the 247Sports Composite.
— Zach Abolverdi (@ZachAbolverdi) January 19, 2016