Up-and-coming Gators cornerback still slowed by injury

Florida football established a reputation as the “defensive back university” in the first part of the new millennium. The Gators are hoping to keep that torch lit after Kaiir Elam was selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft.

One of those expected to help carry on the legacy is Jaydon Hill, a four-star cornerback in the 2019 recruiting cycle who signed under Dan Mullen. The Madison, Alabama, product appeared in 10 games as a reserve and was also named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll during his true freshman season.

His sophomore season saw him elevate his game, appearing in all 12 games including five starts on defense. The 6-foot, 181-pound cornerback finished 2020 with 14 tackles — nine solo and five assisted — while also ranking second among the Gators with seven pass breakups.

However, his junior season was spoiled by a preseason ACL tear that kept him on the sidelines in 2021. Now, the bad news is that he has still not fully recovered from his surgery and will not be available to take part in Florida’s fall camp, according to Swamp247.

“Jaydon Hill is currently unable to participate,” Napier announced. “I think a little bit of that is to be determined, based on his recovery, the rehab process.”

Florida still has a formidable lineup in the defensive backfield headlined by former five-star cornerback Jason Marshall Jr, who is getting set for his second season in Gainesville this summer. Nevertheless, if Hill can get back onto the field sooner than later, it would give the Gators a much-needed boost in Billy Napier’s first season at the helm.

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