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Scott feeling like
a Florida Gator

Written by Andrew Spivey, May 25, 2016, 1 Comment,
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The Florida Gators picked up commitment number six on Wednesday night and it was a big one, both literally and figuratively.

Defensive tackle Jordon Scott (6-1, 345, Largo, FL Pinellas Park) committed to Florida on Wednesday night after talking to defensive line coach Chris Rumph and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

Scott fills a huge need in the recruiting class, as the Gators are in need of defensive tackles in the class of 2017 having not signing one in the class of 2016.

“This morning I had a talk with my coach and this whole time I knew Florida was for me, but I just had to make sure,” Scott said on why he committed on Wednesday. “I had a talk with my parents before I called Coach Nussmeier and told him that I was committing. This is what I want to do so I’m doing it.”

The big defensive tackle had several schools coming after him hard after a good spring but he said his relationship with three coaches is what separated from the rest.

“Me, Coach Rumph and Coach Nuss and Coach [Geoff] Collins talk just about every day and they made me feel like a priority,” he said on what made up his mind to commit. “A couple of other schools do that, but I talk to Florida every day. I felt like they just really wanted me and coming from a big school that’s big.”

Scott grew up a fan of the Gators and he got a special feeling when he told the coaching staff that he wanted to commit.

“I’m feeling like a Florida Gator,” Scott said. “When I told Coach Rumph he was just ecstatic. I can’t really say what he said but it was good. Coach McElwain is speaking at an event in Orlando today, so I’m supposed to be speaking with him tonight. Coach Nuss was very excited when I told him.”

A lot of prospects commit and still keep looking around but Scott says that is not what he will be doing.

“This is it, this is my final decision, I’m not that type of guy,” he said on whether or not he was shutting it down. “I’m going to start recruiting some other players and I’m visiting on June 4th.”

Before Gator Country got off the phone with Scott he wanted to leave a message to Florida fans.

“Chomp Chomp,” Scott ended the conversation with.

INSIDERS TAKE: Scott is the first defensive commit in the class of 2017, as the first five commits were all on the offensive side of the ball. The Gators are expected to sign three defensive tackles in the class of 2017.

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About Andrew Spivey

Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.

  1. thedudeabide524May 27, 2016, 7:07 pm

    That is huge. He’s at a position of need. He’s massive and has the size to make play immediately if he works hard. I was hoping they would get Scott. He’s a huge nose tackle that can clog the middle,take on double teams,and change the Gators defense. It’s been a little while since theyve had a DT his size.

http://www.gatorcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Florida-Gators-florida-football-sixth-spring-practice-march-25-2015-Florida-Gators-defensive-line-coach-Chris-Rumph-yells-150x150.jpg Andrew Spivey FeatureRecruiting ,,,,,,
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The Florida Gators picked up commitment number six on Wednesday night and it was a big one, both literally and figuratively.

Defensive tackle Jordon Scott (6-1, 345, Largo, FL Pinellas Park) committed to Florida on Wednesday night after talking to defensive line coach Chris Rumph and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier.

Scott fills a huge need in the recruiting class, as the Gators are in need of defensive tackles in the class of 2017 having not signing one in the class of 2016.

“This morning I had a talk with my coach and this whole time I knew Florida was for me, but I just had to make sure,” Scott said on why he committed on Wednesday. “I had a talk with my parents before I called Coach Nussmeier and told him that I was committing. This is what I want to do so I’m doing it.”

The big defensive tackle had several schools coming after him hard after a good spring but he said his relationship with three coaches is what separated from the rest.

“Me, Coach Rumph and Coach Nuss and Coach [Geoff] Collins talk just about every day and they made me feel like a priority,” he said on what made up his mind to commit. “A couple of other schools do that, but I talk to Florida every day. I felt like they just really wanted me and coming from a big school that’s big.”

Scott grew up a fan of the Gators and he got a special feeling when he told the coaching staff that he wanted to commit.

“I’m feeling like a Florida Gator,” Scott said. “When I told Coach Rumph he was just ecstatic. I can’t really say what he said but it was good. Coach McElwain is speaking at an event in Orlando today, so I’m supposed to be speaking with him tonight. Coach Nuss was very excited when I told him.”

A lot of prospects commit and still keep looking around but Scott says that is not what he will be doing.

“This is it, this is my final decision, I’m not that type of guy,” he said on whether or not he was shutting it down. “I’m going to start recruiting some other players and I’m visiting on June 4th.”

Before Gator Country got off the phone with Scott he wanted to leave a message to Florida fans.

“Chomp Chomp,” Scott ended the conversation with.

INSIDERS TAKE: Scott is the first defensive commit in the class of 2017, as the first five commits were all on the offensive side of the ball. The Gators are expected to sign three defensive tackles in the class of 2017.

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