Florida EDGE target commits to SEC East rival program

The Florida Gators have loaded up on elite linebackers in the 2024 class, but that might be one of the reasons Vestavia Hills (Birmingham, Alabama) edge rusher Jordan Ross committed to the Tennessee Volunteers over UF and others on Monday.

The Gators hosted Ross on an official visit in June — as did Georgia and Texas — but it was his trip to Tennessee that won him over.

“At different times, I did have Florida up there and Texas was high too,” Ross said to On3’s Chad Simmons. “After the official visit to Tennessee is when Tennessee moved ahead of those two schools. It was that family feeling there that made a big difference for me. Coach Heupel, Coach Harbin and Coach Ekeler made me feel at home.”

Florida isn’t hurting too badly, even though Ross sits at No. 34 nationally on the On3 industry rankings. Jamonta Waller and Kendall Jackson can both play the JACK, and both are four-star recruits.

It’s hardly surprising to see Ross go to Tennessee given the circumstances at Florida. Hopefully, letting him slip away to a conference rival won’t come back to bite the Gators.

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