Future Bright For Florida As Gators Land Yet Another Monster Recruit

Five-star defensive end Jamonta Waller has announced his commitment to the University of Florida, bolstering the Gators defense and adding to their impressive 2024 recruiting class.

Waller, ranked #16 in the 2024 ESPN 300, hails from Picayune Memorial High School in Picayune, Mississippi, and is regarded as one of the top defensive prospects in the nation.

Expressing his excitement about joining the Gators, Waller spoke highly of his visit to the university.

“It just felt like home when I went there, both on my regular visit and my OV,” Waller told ESPN. He also mentioned the significance of defensive coordinator Coach Austin Armstrong, who had previously recruited him while at Southern Miss, Alabama, and now at Florida.

Waller was particularly drawn to Florida’s defensive system and its versatility.

“They do so much on defense, and their defense is so versatile, and that’s how I am as a player,” Waller said.. He believes that his skills will complement the Gators defensive strategies and enable him to excel on the field.

The commitment of Waller marks another significant addition to Florida’s recruiting class, following the recent pledges from linebacker Aaron Chiles, tight end Amir Jackson, and defensive end Amaris Williams.

With Waller’s commitment and the earlier commitment of quarterback D.J. Lagway, the Gators 2024 class is shaping up to be highly promising.

Reacting to his decision, Waller expressed his enthusiasm for the future. “We ready, baby,” he said.

He is eager to contribute to restoring the Gators legacy and aims to make the 2024 class even stronger through his own recruiting efforts.

Before choosing Florida, Waller took official visits to Auburn and Penn State earlier this month. His athletic prowess extends beyond football, as he is also involved in basketball and track and field.

Standing at 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 230 pounds, Waller recorded impressive statistics in his high school football career, including 106 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, and 11.5 sacks.

The Gators defense, led by defensive coordinator Austin Armstrong, aims to improve upon their performance from last season.

In 2022, Florida’s defense ranked 12th in the SEC in both total defense, allowing an average of 415.8 yards per game, and scoring defense, allowing an average of 28.8 points per game.

With a strong influx of defensive talent joining in the next recruiting cycle, Waller is excited about the potential for change in Gainesville. He anticipates making a strong impact, utilizing his unique combination of strength and speed.

“I’d say my get off is probably one of the quickest in the nation,” Waller confidently stated.

He believes that his relentless effort and passion for the game will set him apart.. Florida is certainly hoping so.