Florida football: Gators could make a move on Sun Belt DT expected to enter the transfer portal

Florida could add another body to their DL room with the addition of T.J. Jackson
Florida Gators defensive coordinator Austin Armstrong celebrates with Florida Gators linebacker
Florida Gators defensive coordinator Austin Armstrong celebrates with Florida Gators linebacker / Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun / USA

Florida football received word yesterday that they would be getting an official visit from Bowling Green transfer Cashius Howell, continuing a run that Billy Napier has been on with defensive players in the portal.

Now, another defender from the Group of 5 is expected to answer the transfer portal that the Gators may want to keep an eye on.

T.J. Jackson, a defensive lineman from Troy, is expected to answer his name in the transfer portal now that the Trojans' season is over.

The Gators have already worked on plugging their holes along the defensive line, but Jackson could make a valuable addition to Florida's front seven.

Florida football: Never too much experience

T.J. is going to bring a lot of experience to whichever program he ends up at. He was a member of the class of 2020 and has seen meaningful action in the past three seasons.

Over Troy's past two campaigns, Jackson has totaled 82 tackles, four pass breakups, 11.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. Being able to disrupt the passing game and punch the ball out as a defensive lineman is incredibly valuable to a defense, especially one lacking depth at every position like Florida's.

Since he's yet to officially enter the portal, we don't know exactly which schools are interested in T.J., or where he wants to go. But he's originally from Alabama, so he may be looking to come back down south to end his college career.

What we do know is the kind of production that Jackson would bring to an SEC program like Florida. There's no such thing as too much depth in the trenches, which is something that Billy Napier and Austin Armstrong know.

Once Jackson does officially enter the portal, we can expect lots of schools to reach out, which hopefully includes the Gators.