Florida football earned a mention from one the most coveted edge rushers in the 2024 recruiting cycle recently when 247Sports five-star prospect Jamonta Waller revealed his top 10 schools to 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 225-pound hybrid linebacker/lineman out of Picayune (Mississippi) Memorial included the Gators along with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Georgia Bulldogs, Penn State Nittany Lions, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Ole Miss Rebels, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee Volunteers and Texas A&M Aggies.
According to Wiltfong, Penn State is the leader in Waller’s recruitment heading into the summer, but Florida is the biggest challenger to the Big Ten program. The Orange and Blue’s efforts to get him into the Swamp have been spearheaded by defensive coordinator Austin Armstrong.
“Coach (Austin) Armstrong and I have a special relationship ever since he was at Southern Miss and even then he’s been saying the same thing about it’s a must he coach me.”
Auburn is scheduled to host him on an official visit the weekend of June 2, followed by Penn State the next weekend on June 9 and Florida after that on June 16; Georgia follows up with its own OV the weekend of June 23.
Waller is rated at four stars and ranked No. 102 overall and No. 9 at his position nationally according to the 247Sports composite while the On3 industry ranking also rates him at four stars and has him at Nos. 80 and 7, respectively. Ole Miss currently has a crystal ball prediction for him while On3’s Recruiting Prediction Machine agrees, giving the Rebels a 77.0% chance of landing him, followed by Auburn (4.3%), Georgia (3.7%) and Florida (3.1%).