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Florida Signee Jachai Polite Is "Way Better" Than Auburn's Byron Cowart, Per High School Teammate

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GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: A view from the end-zone as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Tennessee 59-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Byron Cowart was a five-star recruit and the No. 1 defensive end in the country last year. His first year at Auburn was a disappointment, but he was an elite high school player. According to a teammate of 2016 Florida signee Jachai Polite, the Gators are getting an even better player. Marcus Tatum, an offensive tackle heading to Tennessee, went up against Cowart at a UCF camp, and doesn't thinks Polite is better across the board. From SEC Country:

“Jachai is way better than Byron Cowart, by a lot. I went against Byron when I was a sophomore at the UCF camp and I was kicking his butt on a sprained MCL. I played right tackle and he was this big-name guy.

“When I go against Jachai, it’s a different story. He’s got better moves than Byron, better pad level, better speed, everything. In that same camp, things just clicked for (Jachai) and he was dominating. That’s really when he started becoming a beast.”

Pretty strong words there. Polite was not nearly as highly rated as Cowart, rated three stars by 247Sports.

Of course, that only means so much. It Tatum is right, Florida may be getting a very nice player.

[SEC Country]