Sorrells gets emotional as a Florida Gators commit

The Florida Gators recruiting class picked up a commitment on Saturday morning and it came from a 2019 prospect that camped for his offer.

2019 defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells (6-3, 240, Largo, FL High) arrived in Gainesville for camp without an offer, but that changed when head coach Jim McElwain gave him good news.

“I was on campus for camp on Friday and later that night Coach McElwain offered me,” Sorrells said on when he picked up his offer. “Before the camp he basically was just letting me know that he was glad to see me and basically that he wanted to see me compete. After the camp he told me that at the end of the day I was going to be a Gator.”

McElwain didn’t beat around the bush on Friday night about how much he wanted Sorrells once they watched him camp in person on Friday morning.

“He told me just to let him know when I wanted to commit and make it official,” he said of when Mac offered him. “He said that we needed to get on the ball with recruiting the 2019 class because there are a lot of good 2019 prospects in the state.”

When McElwain asked him when he wanted to commit, Sorrells immediately told him he was ready, but the Gators head coach asked him to wait until he got home.

“I told him in person on Friday night that I wanted to commit and he wanted me to go home and talk it over with my mom first,” he said on how he committed. “He wanted us to be on the same page so I went home and me and my head coach talked with her on my decision. She was good with is so I called him and committed.”

The decision to be a member of the Florida Gators recruiting class was an easy one for Sorrells, as this has been a dream of his for sometime.
“I’ve always been a Gator fan and dreamed of playing for Florida,” Sorrells said on why he committed. “When I looked at all of the other schools that have interest in me like Clemson, Iowa, Kentucky and so on, I just felt like Florida was my home so I committed. The hospitality the coaches showed me made me feel welcomed.”

Sorrells, like any football player, didn’t know if this day would ever come and the emotion of the commitment showed for the 2019 defensive tackle.

“I got outside of the practice facility and just cried,” Sorrells said on his emotions. “Me and my mom were both very happy about my decision. Coach McElwain was happy that I committed too.”

On Friday, Sorrells also got to meet his future position coach in defensive line coach Chris Rumph during the Gators football camp.

“I actually got to do drills with Coach Rumph during camp,” he said on Rumph. “He was basically letting me know what to do and going over hand placement with me. I talked to him after the camp about things. He was basically just showing me a lot of love.”

Now that Sorrells has gotten his commitment out of the way he’s teaming with fellow 2019 commitment to work on other prospects.

“Me and Jaleel [McRae] right now are talking about the 2019 class,” Sorrells said on whom he will recruit for Florida. “We basically right now are just discussing how we’re going to come in and do things in the 2019 class. We think the 2019 class will be able to bring a national championship back to Gainesville.”

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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, 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.