Gators Jachai Polite declares for 2019 NFL Draft

Florida Gators defensive lineman/linebacker Jachai Polite will forego his senior season at the University of Florida and declare for the NFL Draft. Polite made his intentions known on Monday, tweeting a message to Gator fans.

“With our 2018 season coming to an end I have decided to announce my intention to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft,” Polite wrote. “Gator Nation will always hold a special place in my heart. I can’t wait to prove to NFL teams that I can be and will be the best defensive lineman in the NFL. The lessons I have learned in Gainesville will carry with me to the next level, with my goal always being the same… #RetireMoms.”

Polite had a breakout junior campaign, tying the school record with six forced fumbles. He added a team high 11 sacks, two shy of tying the school record for a single season. Polite continued on with his message, thanking numerous people who he credits with helping him get to this point of his career.

“First, a huge shoutout to my motivation, my purpose, my everything, my family. Without you, none of this would be possible. I hope you know that I am constantly striving to be a better football player, son, and man to provide for you all. To coaches McElwain, Rumph, Shannon, and Collins – you made my Gainesville dreams come true. I am forever grateful for the path you have set me on and for helping me understand what it means to be a Gator. To coaches Mullen, Grantham and Sunseri – thank you as well. You brought this program into a new era, and thank you for helping me achieve things I never thought I could have done. I know you will all keep steering this program in the right direction, and bring that title back to the Gator faithful.”

Polite is widely thought to be a mid-to-late first round pick in the draft this year.

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A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC