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.
F O R E V E R P O L I T E ! 🐊✌🏿 pic.twitter.com/vM8LApq9bD
— Jachai Polite. (@RetireMoms) December 31, 2018